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Philippe Coutinho 'available' for Liverpool against Sevilla - Jurgen Klopp

Philippe Coutinho is in contention to make his return to the Liverpool team in their Champions League opener against Sevilla, Jurgen Klopp has said.

Coutinho, who wanted to leave Liverpool and join Barcelona over the summer, missed the start of the season due to injury and did not return for the Premier League defeat against Manchester City in an effort to work on his match fitness after playing for Brazil during the international break.

"It was a decision made with the season in mind," Klopp said. "He came back from a long flight, after two substitute appearances and three weeks without training.

"We play on Wednesday, we play on Saturday, we play, play, play, play, play. I will have the situation all the time now over the next three or four weeks.

"We thought it best to give him three or four days proper training and then he'll be available for us, which is very good news.

"Phil is a fantastic player, and hopefully we can use him as quickly as possible."

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