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Klopp will not rush Coutinho’s return

The German tactician is looking forward to seeing Philippe Coutinho back into the starting XI after the Brazilian returned to full training.

Coutinho has missed all of the Reds features in the current 2017-18 campaign due to a back injury. Yet, the 25-year-old appeared twice for Brazil during the recent international break as a substitute. He has now returned to Melwood and has been training at full capacity ever since.

Klopp decided to leave the Brazilian out of the group that travelled for the game against Manchester City, insisting that he would not rush Coutinho’s return on the pitch.

“It was a decision made with the season in mind. He came back from a long flight, after two substitute appearances and three weeks without training,” Klopp said to Liverpool’s official website.

“We play on Wednesday, we play on Saturday, we play, play, play, play, play. I will have the situation all the time now over the next three or four weeks.

“We thought it best to give him three or four days proper training and then he’ll be available for us, which is very good news.

“Phil is a fantastic player, and hopefully we can use him as quickly as possible.”

It is not yet certain where Philippe will be featured in the group for Liverpool’s opening game in the Champions League against Sevilla.