Liverpool given huge boost as star man ready for Tottenham showdown - report

By Coral Barry

Philippe Coutinho is set to fit to face Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday after taking full part in training at Liverpool on Thursday, according to a report.

The Brazilian has been away on international duty with Brazil and only arrived back in England on Wednesday.

Coutinho was not heavily involved in his country’s two World Cup qualifiers over the last two weeks, only managing 23 minutes on the pitch in total, but had to make a gruelling 6,300-mile return trip after Brazil’s 2-2 draw with Paraguay on Tuesday night.

A report in the Liverpool Echo revealed that Coutinho trained with the rest of the Merseysiders’ returning internationals on Thursday and has shown no visible signs of exhaustion.

It had been feared that Coutinho’s journey would take its toll on him, but it seems as though he has proven his fitness to Liverpool’s medical staff.

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Another attacker who has also shaken off injury concerns is 20-year-old Divock Origi.

Origi linked up with the Belgian squad for the international break, but returned to Liverpool early after suffering a thigh injury in training.

Young gun: Origi has shaken off a thigh problem he picked up on international duty

The injury updates on two key player is a welcome boost for Liverpool after the news that Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino are struggling to be fit for Saturday.

Liverpool had 19 internationals returning from duty in the last few days as they linked up with the rest of the squad, who had joined Klopp at a warm-weather training camp in Tenerife.

The Merseysiders are hoping to reignite their small glimmer of hope that they could snatch a spot in Europe next season through a top-four league finish by beating Spurs at Anfield.

However, Tottenham are still chasing the title and will be a major hurdle to clear for the Merseysiders in their own bid to remain in touch with league leaders Leicester.

In other Liverpool news, Tottenham have been given their own boost ahead of the clash.