Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that ‘special arrangements’ are in place for Philippe Coutinho as he returns from international duty this week.
The Reds face Leicester City on Saturday, with Klopp anxious to have all his players available for selection as they look to improve on their last two Premier League results.
Having already received a scare with the news that Sadio Mane picked up a knock on Saturday, he’s keen to get Coutinho back fresh and ready to play against the Foxes.
The former Inter ace played against Ecuador on Thursday, and will now face Colombia on Wednesday morning, British time, in Manaus.
Aside from the soaring temperatures and humidity at the venue, he then faces a 5,000-mile journey back to Liverpool with little preparation time for the clash with Claudio Ranieri’s men.
However, Klopp believes that they’ve found a way to work round the situation slightly, giving his key playmaker an opportunity to be ready to feature next weekend.
“For Coutinho, he is coming back Thursday morning at 9am and only because we make a few special arrangements with flights otherwise he would come Thursday night so nobody wants this,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“But we cannot change so why should I complain? Not to change. It’s not the best moment in the season for splitting the squad again.”
It remains to be seen whether or not Coutinho can play a decisive role at Anfield on Saturday, but Liverpool have tried their best to make sure he can perform to the best of his abilities.