17 Dec Coutinho back after ‘awful’ injury
Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho is thrilled to be back playing for the Reds after an “awful” spell on the sidelines.
The Brazilian looked to be getting back to his best under Jurgen Klopp with fine performances against Chelsea and Manchester City during which he scored four goals in three games.
However, he suffered a minor hamstring injury against City which ruled him out of the next four games but the 23-year-old is relieved to be back playing after starting against West Brom last week.
“I’m feeling much better,” Coutinho told the club’s website.
“I’m training and I’m available for selection. It’s the best thing, because to be out injured is very difficult – it’s awful.
“Of course, we love playing football and when we’re available for selection, it’s the best thing. I’m feeling good and I hope I can help the team out in the best possible way.”
Coutinho felt the atmosphere was amazing at Anfield last Saturday as they fought back for a 2-2 draw.
Klopp and the players showed their appreciation to the Kop end after the game – a gesture which Klopp made at Dortmund in an attempt to unite the fans and the team.
“We didn’t give up at any time. It was a very difficult game against a team that sat back and the atmosphere inside the ground was amazing,” Coutinho said.
“The supporters were urging us on, so the goal was very important and we were satisfied given the way things were going. The fans are there supporting us and that’s really important, as I have said before.
“We hope it will be like it was in the last game until the end of the season, everyone united, so we can achieve positive results in the league.”