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HKJ Helsinki vs. Liverpool – Team News – Coutinho makes first pre-season appearance

Philippe Coutinho will make his first appearance of the summer for Liverpool on Saturday afternoon when the Reds take on HJK Helsinki in Finland, and Brazilian youngster Allan is named on the bench.

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - Wednesday, April 8, 2015: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia celebrates scoring the first goal against Blackburn Rovers during the FA Cup 6th Round Quarter-Final Replay match at Ewood Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Coutinho missed the Reds’ tour of Asia and Australia, returning to Merseyside late after international duties at the Copa America.

He had a run out in a Liverpool U21s friendly match against Porto last weekend, but the 23-year-old starts in Helsinki as Brendan Rodgers looks to improve the fitness of his players ahead of the Premier League getting underway next weekend.

It’s Liverpool’s penultimate friendly of the summer, with a trip to League One Swindon Town ahead on Sunday at 4pm (UK).

Liverpool also confirmed that they have “secured Allan for the future and he’s currently spending time with the Reds with the permission of his club, Internacional.”

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Gomez, Henderson, Milner, Coutinho, Ibe, Lallana, Ings

Substitutes: Fulton, Maguire, Chirivella, Kent, Allan, Origi.

HJK Helsinki: Örlund; Peiponen, Heikkilä, Baah, Lampi; Kolehmainen, Schüller; Kandji, Atom, Mendy; Jallow

Substitutes: Sahlgren, Sauramaa, Lehtinen, Ojala, Heikkinen, Moren, Sorsa, Malolo, Moussi, Savage, Alho, Klinga, Zeneli, Havenaar

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