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Klopp has a plan for Coutinho.

Jurgen Klopp explains his 'special arrangements' for Philippe Coutinho

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Just when your players are starting to return to full fitness after a run of Premier League matches, they are whisked away for international duty.

It must be frustrating for the managers when, after just three league matches, their key men are travelling all around the world to represent their country.

At least those players from European nations remain on the continent. However, some players have more arduous journeys that could see they have to sit out of next weekend’s Premier League fixtures as a result.

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That’s the case for Philippe Coutinho but Jurgen Klopp is doing everything in his power to ensure the 24-year-old will be fit and ready for Saturday evening’s clash against Leicester.

Coutinho has already featured for Brazil on Thursday during their 3-0 victory over Ecuador in Quito. He is now set to play in Tuesday’s match against Colombia in Manaus, where weather conditions will be challenging.

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Despite the kick-off time of 9:45pm, it’s forecasted that it will be a stifling 26 degrees with 85% humidity.

So, with Coutinho playing on Tuesday night - Wednesday morning BST - and facing a 5,000-mile journey, he is obviously a doubt for the clash against the champions.

However, Klopp has a plan to ensure he is ready for the match against Claudio Ranieri’s side.

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Klopp's plan

“I don’t get frustrated by things I cannot change,” the Liverpool boss said.

“Actually, I don’t think any manager in this moment is happy about the international break.

“For Coutinho, he is coming back Thursday morning at 9am and only because we make a few special arrangements with flights otherwise he would come Thursday night so nobody wants this.

“But we cannot change so why should I complain? Not to change. It’s not the best moment in the season for splitting the squad again.”

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Klopp’s need for Coutinho to be ready for the Leicester match may well have increased after Saturday.

That’s because it was reported that Sadio Mane had to be substituted whilst representing Senegal. It’s still unknown the extent of Mane’s injury and it’s unclear whether he will be fit to play for Liverpool this next weekend but, if he is ruled out, the Reds will be praying Coutinho is ready to fire at Anfield.

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