By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Philippe Coutinho has returned to training in a major boost to Liverpool ahead of their Europa League clash against Sion on Thursday night.
The first 15 minutes of the Merseysiders’ session at their Melwood headquarters on Wednesday morning was open to the media and Coutinho was seen taking part.
The playmaker has missed Liverpool’s last four matches – against Bordeaux, Swansea, Southampton and Newcastle – with a hamstring injury sustained in the club’s 4-1 win over Manchester City on 21 November.
Coutinho joined the likes of Christian Benteke, James Milner and Jordan Henderson in the session, which was overseen by Jurgen Klopp and his staff.
With Liverpool already through to the knockout stage of the Europa League, youngsters Jordan Rossiter, Connor Randall, Brad Smith and Cameron Brannagan could be involved in the match in Switzerland on Thursday evening.
Jose Enrique and Joao Carlos Teixeira were also present, though neither can play in Sion as they have not been registered in the Europa League squad.
The Reds need just a point to ensure that they top Group B ahead of Sion. Klopp’s side depart Liverpool on Wednesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, as revealed by Football Insider on Wednesday night, Daniel Sturridge’s injury might not be as bad as initially feared.
He has a hamstring strain but might miss only three matches – the Sion clash and Premier League fixtures against West Brom on 13 December and Watford on 20 December.