Coutinho and Klopp.

Jurgen Klopp explains what he thought after seeing Philippe Coutinho in training

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So, Philippe Coutinho is back at Liverpool after his dream move to Barcelona failed to materialise.

After missing the start of the Premier League campaign due to a back injury, the midfielder was fit enough to make two substitute appearances for Brazil during the international break.

During the past week or so, though, the British and Spanish transfer window closed meaning and Coutinho remained a Liverpool player.

Neymar explained that Coutinho had “great sadness” after discovering he would be staying at Anfield for at least another 12 months, while reports from Spain suggested he would refuse to play Champions League games this season.

And all eyes were on Coutinho as he made his return to first-team training on Thursday.

A few images posted by the club’s official Twitter page showed Coutinho seemingly in good spirits with a great big smile on his face.

But will be ready to face Manchester City on Saturday in the lunchtime kick-off at the Etihad?

What Klopp thought when he saw Coutinho

Well, Jurgen Klopp has revealed exactly what he thought after seeing Coutinho back in training.

“Yes, he went to the national team and trained normally, but now we have to prepare for a normal season,” Klopp said.

“It’s of course different because Phil, I know what people think, but Phil had the back problem a few weeks ago and couldn’t train so that means he missed around about three weeks. 

“We have seven games [before the next international break] and we saw training this morning and thought ‘OK, maybe we should use him immediately’ because he was really good, but that doesn’t make sense.

“We always have the same decision to make, ‘does he need training or can he play?’ and all that stuff. Yes, he will now do a little bit more than the other boys but he showed up in a very, very good mood and looks really promising.”

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It all sounds pretty good for Liverpool fans who were all fearing bad-blood between Klopp and Coutinho - especially after the player handed in a transfer request on the eve of the Premier League.

However, the German boss revealed that he had a good chat with Coutinho upon his return.

“Of course - all good, all good. Nothing else to say, actually, so he’s back and we had a really good conversation, so good,” he added.


So, things are all back to normal for Coutinho and Klopp, it seems.

Although it will be a big surprise to see him named in the starting XI when Liverpool take on City on Saturday.

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