Jurgen Klopp has expressed concerns over the availability of Philipe Coutinho for Liverpool’s home fixture against Maribor in the Champions League.
The Reds play host to the Slovenian club just under two weeks after thrashing them by a staggering scoreline of 7 is to nil away from home.
Coutinho missed Liverpool’s last Premier League encounter against Huddersfield Town with a thigh injury and did not train with the squad on Tuesday as well.
It seems highly unlikely that Klopp would risk playing the Brazilian in what seems like a comfortable home fixture for Liverpool from the outset.
Liverpool will also possibly be without centre-back Dejan Lovren who got ruled out of Liverpool’s clash against Huddersfield minutes before kick off. Coincidentally, Lovren too picked up a thigh injury.
A Sky Sports report suggests that the duo were assessed by the club doctors at Liverpool’s Melwood training ground. The duo were deemed unfit to play ahead of the training session.
Klopp addressed the media ahead of Liverpool’s clash and had the following to say about the injured duo –
I’m not 100 per cent sure.
Both of them are much better but will they be OK for tomorrow night? I’m not sure in this moment so we will have to see.
We have another [training] session at five and we will see who will be involved then. That would then give us at least an opportunity.
If they do not train it does not mean, especially in Dejan’s case, immediately that he cannot play because it will be three days [since he last played]. If he could train tomorrow morning that would be enough.
I don’t know exactly. We had a few things after the game. Roberto [Firmino] had a little bit of cramp, Joe [Gomez] felt a little bit, so we were really careful the last few days.
Tonight and especially tomorrow will be the first time I really think of the line-up and know 100 per cent who is available