Philippe Coutinho hands Liverpool major boost by declaring himself fit for Brazil’s friendly against England
Philippe Coutinho has handed Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp a significant boost by declaring himself ‘100 percent’ fit ahead of Brazil’s friendly against England.
Coutinho, 25, has missed Liverpool’s last three games with a thigh problem but looks set to start at Wembley on Tuesday night when Brazil face Gareth Southgate’s England.
‘Unfortunately, I could not play for Liverpool in the past three games because of injury,’ Coutinho said.
‘Now I feel 100 percent fit, I have recovered and I am in a good shape to be available for the game against England.
‘I never want to miss any Brazil games. I am honoured to wear this shirt whenever I can. England will be our first European opponent under [manager] Tite. We are looking forward to battling with them.
‘They have a lot of quality players who operate in a top league like the Premier League. It will no doubt be a difficult encounter.’
Coutinho, who missed fixtures against West Ham, Maribor and Huddersfield Town due to the thigh problem, added: ‘Every day, I work harder than before to improve myself and become a better all-around footballer.
‘Thanks to football, I live in England today. Thanks to football, I am able to feed my family. Football has been very generous for me.’
After Coutinho’s statement, Klopp will be hoping to make use of the Brazilian when Liverpool welcome Southampton to Anfield next Saturday.
The Reds are currently fifth in the Premier League, three points below a top four place, having won five of their 11 games so far during the 2017-18 campaign.