Liverpool boost! Star man in contention for Jurgen Klopp’s first game at Tottenham

first_img Philippe Coutinho 1 New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was handed a boost after holding his first training session since taking control of the Merseyside club.Reds’ star man and prize attacking force Philippe Coutinho pulled out of Brazil’s squad for their World Cup qualifiers with a minor groin injury, but is understood the 23-year-old was one of the nine first-team players who were present at Melwood on Monday.International duty meant only a small section of the squad, supplemented by three youth team goalkeepers, were around as the former Borussia Dortmund boss began work proper on Monday afternoon after his appointment on Thursday.Early indications are that Coutinho will be available for Klopp’s first match in charge at Tottenham on Saturday lunchtime.Other first-teamers present for the session which lasted just over an hour were James Milner, Daniel Sturridge, Mamadou Sakho, Alberto Moreno, Lucas Leiva, Kolo Toure, Dejan Lovren and Joao Carlos Teixeira.With the first six of those plus Coutinho all realistically in with a good chance of starting at White Hart Lane, Klopp at least had a decent base on which to begin his planning for the game.The remainder of Liverpool’s internationals are expected to return to Melwood by the middle of the week, giving the German three days to work with his full squad – minus the likes of captain Jordan Henderson, striker Christian Benteke and forward Roberto Firmino who are all still out injured.Klopp spoke to those assembled players present on Monday afternoon in a huddle for five minutes before training commenced under him, Peter Krawietz, Klopp’s analyst and scout at Borussia Dortmund, and existing first-team coach Pep Lijnders – both of whom were at the club’s academy with the German on Saturday to watch Liverpool’s Under-18s beat Stoke.last_img

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