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Philippe Coutinho provides fitness boost for Jurgen Klopp

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Jurgen Klopp took charge of his first training session at Liverpool's Melwood training complex on Monday morning and was immediately handed a significant boost, reports the Mirror.

Philippe Coutinho, who has been Liverpool's best player so far this season, remained on Merseyside during the international break after suffering a groin injury in the recent game against Everton.

But despite missing Brazil's World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Venezuela, the 23-year-old is expected to be fit to play in Klopp's first game in charge against Tottenham on Saturday.

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Coutinho took part in a routine training session with eight other first-team stars and three youth team goalkeepers. Of those players, as many as six can expect to start the lunchtime match at White Hart Lane.

With the likes of James Milner, Daniel Sturridge and Mamadou Sakho to hand, Klopp has been able to at least put initial plans in place for what will be an important game for both teams and their top four chances.

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Meeting

The German coach arrived at Anfield on Friday but had to wait until Monday to hold an initial meeting with the leftover players to tell them what he expects from them.

However, he will have to go through all of it again when the likes of Adam Lallana, Danny Ings and Simon Mignolet return from their respective international duties.

Injuries

Klopp has urged fans not to expect a dramatic improvement in the game against Spurs, mainly due to a lack of time to introduce new training methods.

But with Jordan Henderson, Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino already out, the availability of Coutinho will be of huge importance to Liverpool's chances.

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