Photos: Philippe Coutinho, Joel Matip hand Liverpool boost ahead of Southampton clash

Philippe Coutinho and Joel Matip train with their Liverpool team-mates ahead of their League Cup clash at Southampton

Philippe Coutinho, James Milner and Joel Matip were in action during Liverpool’s training session ahead of the first leg of the League Cup semi-final at Southampton.

The Brazil international is thought to be on the cusp of a return to first-team action for Liverpool after the attacking midfielder picked up a serious ankle injury during a 2-0 win against Sunderland at Anfield in late November.

Coutinho has scored five goals and has made five assists in 13 appearances in the Premier League so far this season.

James Milner was forced off at half-time in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light with an injury.

Cameroon defender Matip trained with his Liverpool team-mates as the centre-half looks to make a return from an ankle problem.

Liverpool played out a goalless draw with League Two outfit Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup third-round clash at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds will make the long journey to Southampton in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final at St Mary’s on Wednesday night.

Here is a round-up of the best photos from Liverpool’s training session on Monday afternoon.

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