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Liverpool to welcome back Coutinho for Arsenal clash

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was able to offer positive news on Philippe Coutinho during a press conference on Thursday, as he explained that the Brazilian is likely to return for the potentially pivotal clash with Arsenal a week on Saturday.

Coutinho has been unavailable since he suffered a shoulder injury in the draw with Swansea on September 16, with the severity of the problem requiring the player to undergo surgery.

Liverpool have won two of their four games in the absence of the Brazil international, who has returned to full training ahead of his eagerly-awaited return to the first-team.

Despite his endeavours on the training ground, Rodgers admits it is unlikely Coutinho will feature against West Brom this weekend, but the match with Arsenal is pencilled in as his return date.

Arsenal currently sit top of the Premier League after eight games, with Liverpool only two points behind, and the result at the Emirates Stadium could prove pivotal as the title race progresses.

Liverpool, then, will be buoyed by the news that Coutinho is likely to play against the Gunners, with the former Inter Milan starlet set to significantly strengthen Rodgers' side.

"He might just be short for this weekend," Rodgers told the official Liverpool website.

"You always miss quality. He has re-joined training with the group. He's been on the field doing a lot of physical work. He has joined in with the team on a non-contact basis.

"I think, after the weekend, he'll be fine. He has got really good strength in his shoulder now; it's just getting him up to speed in training and joining the group.

"He has been in the last couple of days and has looked brilliant, to be honest - like he has never been away with his flow and fluency with the ball.

"His work has been excellent. It's great to see him back in and it's another quality player back for us."

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