Jurgen Klopp still hopeful Philippe Coutinho could be fit for Huddersfield

27 October 2017

Jurgen Klopp has not ruled Philippe Coutinho out for Liverpool’s Premier League clash at home to Huddersfield despite the midfielder’s groin injury.


Coutinho is reportedly set to miss Saturday’s clash, and is also a doubt the Reds’ upcoming games against Maribor (November 1) and West Ham (November 4).

With Adam Lallana (thigh) and Sadio Mane (hamstring) already sidelined, Klopp’s options in the final third are increasingly limited.

The likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ben Woodburn, Dominic Solanke and Daniel Sturridge can be considered alternatives, however, posing Klopp an interesting decision before kickoff.

But speaking at Melwood on Friday afternoon, the 50-year-old said he is yet to rule Coutinho out of selection.

“It’s not clear in the moment,” he told reporters.

“Last week he had some back problems, then during the week it settled with treatment, so he was fit for the game.

“This week he has a little bit of a problem with the adductor. It’s not clear if he’s out for tomorrow.

“He didn’t train yesterday, that’s true, but that’s all for the moment.”

It seems unlikely that Coutinho will be fit, however, given he failed to train on Thursday, with the Reds due for just one further session before Saturday’s kickoff.

He is part of the Brazil squad for the November international break, with Tite’s side set to take on Japan and England, though his involvement may now come into doubt.

After their humiliation at the hands of Tottenham last weekend, Liverpool will be eager to secure three victories in their final three games before the interval.

But if they are without Coutinho for at least one of those, Klopp has been dealt a major blow to his hopes.

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