The Brazilian dropped out of Jurgen Klopp‘s matchday squad for the Reds’ 5-0 win over Burton Albion on Tuesday night, but joined training at Melwood on Thursday afternoon.
He could still miss out for the trip to White Hart Lane, however, with Klopp telling reporters that he was suffering from a tight hamstring.
However, previewing Liverpool‘s third league outing of the season, the German stressed that it was “not a big issue,” though starting Coutinho may not be worth the gamble.
“The muscle was a little stiff. He felt something so we didn’t want to take a risk [against Burton],” he explained.
“We left him out of training until now. We have to make a decision on Friday with what we can do with him.
“It is not a situation to take any risk. We have to talk to the player.
“From the medical side, it is not a big issue, but it was big enough to leave him out of the squad for Burton.”
Coutinho’s absence could be magnified by the loss of Divock Origi, too, with the 21-year-old striker suffering cramp in the latter stages at the Pirelli Stadium.
This leaves Klopp with significantly fewer options in attack, but a summer of positive recruitment has allowed him more leeway, as he continued to explain on Thursday morning.
“Usually, Sheyi Ojo could play there but he has not been fit for a few weeks.
“We have different players for that position but when two of them are not available you have a little bit of a problem.
“That is what football is. We are not allowed to have a squad of 28 players but we still have options.”
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