Klopp reveals when Coutinho will make Liverpool return
By Dominic Toner
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Philippe Coutinho will miss the club’s next two games.
The 24-year-old has been out of action since picking up an ankle injury against Sunderland in November and will miss games against Manchester City and Sunderland.
The Merseyside club host title rivals Man City on New Year’s Eve and face Sunderland just two days later, but their next league game is not until 15 January.
Liverpool play Plymouth in the FA Cup third-round and the away leg of their EFL Cup semi-final against Southampton in between.
Klopp has explained that Coutinho will miss the next two league games despite being in a “good way”.
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“He’s in a good way, but Man City is too early for him, as his Sunderland,” Klopp said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 29, 2016
Coutinho is regarded as Liverpool’s standout player and was in great form before suffering his injury setback.
The Brazil international has made 14 appearances this season across all competitions, scoring six goals and supplying six assists.
Liverpool have managed to keep their title bid alive during his absence and have won three of the five league games, with the only defeat coming away to Bournemouth.
Coutinho will be desperate to get back into the side when he is fit and is set to play a starring role in their title pursuit.
In other Liverpool team news, Roberto Firmino would be omitted from a best combined XI with Man City players.