UCL to test Klopp's progress at Liverpool

UCL to test Klopp's progress at Liverpool

Despite missing the opening games of the season with a ghost back injury that didn't somehow prevent him from making two appearances for Brazil in global duty this past week, Coutinho has now returned to Melwood and is expected to be available for selection during Liverpool's fixture against Manchester City at the weekend.

Expectations at Anfield are higher now, but Liverpool look far from a complete team as they prepare to face Sevilla once more, this time in the Champions League.

While it is still very early days, both sides have seven points from their first three matches, and will have eyes on a title challenge.

The Reds were held to a 3-3 draw away to Watford in Klopp's 100th competitive game in charge, but they bounced back to beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at Anfield and trounced Arsenal 4-0 before the global break.

The Brazilian was also the subject of intense transfer speculation throughout the summer with Barcelona seeing several bids for him rejected by the Reds.

The 31-year-old defender has been struggling with calf problems over the last rwo campaigns and he played just eleven Premier League games last season for Pep Guardiola's side.

Mane’s challenge on Ederson wasn’t malicious but certainly was reckless
Mane’s challenge on Ederson wasn’t malicious but certainly was reckless

Asked if he spoke with Coutinho, Klopp replied: "Of course - all good, all good".

The rising stock of midfielder Jordan Henderson, who has captained England twice in the past week, and a superb goal for teenager Ben Woodburn on his Wales debut means the continued uncertainty surrounding Phillipe Coutinho and his desire to join Barcelona is a manageable distraction.

Klopp will surely think Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner are possible options in that area, but an away game to City might not be the right time to experiment with players in an unfamiliar role.

Close-season signing Mohamed Salah has formed a quick understanding with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne will both miss the game with injuries.

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