Klopp reveals Coutinho is 'ready for Southampton'

The Brazilian should return to action at St Mary’s Stadium after a minor hamstring injury, boosting the Reds’ chances of a fourth successive win under the manager

GOALBy Melissa Reddy

Jurgen Klopp expects the talents of Philippe Coutinho to be on display when Liverpool travel to face Southampton in the League Cup quarter-final.

The Reds will tackle Ronald Koeman’s men on Wednesday, and Klopp is expecting the Brazilian – who has netted four times in his last three appearances – to be available for the encounter.

Coutinho picked up a minor hamstring problem in the 4-1 win over Manchester City, and sat out Liverpool’s Europa League victory over Bordeaux as a precaution.

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He was also not in the matchday squad as Klopp secured his first Premier League triumph at home, with Swansea overcome 1-0 on Sunday evening.

However, the Reds boss revealed that Coutinho has been training well, and Liverpool took a safety-first approach with him.

“Philippe had a very intensive session yesterday, but we decided two or three days ago that we didn’t want to risk [him] for this game,” said Klopp.

“Now I think he’s fit. I saw him in the dressing room and he looks good. I’ll have to talk with him tomorrow – I think he’s ready for Southampton.”

The Anfield outfit will be looking for their fourth consecutive win in all competitions when they take on the Saints at St Mary’s Stadium.

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