Jurgen Klopp provides latest Liverpool injury update on Philippe Coutinho
The Liverpool manager confirms Philippe Coutinho was carrying a small knock in Saturday's goalless draw with Southampton
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Philippe Coutinho was carrying a small knock during Liverpool’s goalless draw at Southampton on Saturday.
The Brazil international started against the Saints despite featuring against Argentina and Peru in their 2018 World Cup qualifiers over the international break.
Coutinho had three shots on Fraser Forster’s goal but the South American was unable to add to his five Premier League strikes in the 2016-17 season so far.
Liverpool are sitting at the top of the Premier League table and are ahead of title rivals Manchester City on goal difference ahead of Chelsea’s clash against Middlesbrough.
Speaking at his post-match media conference at St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon, Klopp revealed that Coutinho was playing with a small injury during Saturday’s clash.
Klopp said: “[Coutinho and Firmino were back on] Thursday at Melwood, that was the earliest moment we could [get them back]. But then, of course, they cannot train after a long flight. Sadio came back pretty early, he was back on Monday, so it was all good.
“Because of the flight, Phil had a little bit [of a problem] but obviously no big problem as everybody could see today. We would have taken no risk – 100 per cent not. Three things are important for me – what the doc says, what the scan says when you have one and what the player says, and all were thumbs up so we let him run.”
Coutinho has scored five times and has made five assists in 12 Premier League appearances in the 2016-17 season.
Liverpool are hosting struggling Sunderland in their next Premier League clash at Anfield next Saturday afternoon.
The Reds haven’t lost a Premier League game since a 2-0 defeat by Burnley.