Coutinho in Contention for Manchester City Trip

Doug Mendoza
September 13, 2017

Then, they followed that up by making a £40million deadline day raid on the Gunners for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

It is unclear whether Klopp will re-introduce Coutinho to the squad this weekend.

Alberto Moreno has welcomed the isolated Philippe Coutinho back into the fold with an Instagram post, with Liverpool fans happy at the influence the defender has had on Coutinho staying.

"We always have the same decision to make, 'does he need training or can he play?' and all that stuff". Liverpool are likely to ask for more money especially if the Brazilian manages to replicate his performances from last season.

Kompany has played in the first three Premier League games of the season, but concerns over his injuries continue to bug Manchester City, who have found it hard to replace the Belgian in their team.

Expect that list to grow if Liverpool cannot tie Can down, with speculation that they're in disagreement with the 23-year-old over including a release clause in his next deal.

Danny Higginbotham shows the areas in which Liverpool will be dangerous
Danny Higginbotham shows the areas in which Liverpool will be dangerous

Liverpool will want to avoid Can's future becoming another saga, or it could be two big names on their way out of Anfield next summer, with one of Europe's top young talents potentially leaving on a free.

Nathaniel Clyne is still nursing a hamstring injury that's set to keep him out for several weeks so he won't be involved for a while.

The England worldwide hasn't been too badly missed by the Reds so far this season, with young duo Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez taking it in turns to deputise in that position. The pace the Senegal global possesses is a huge asset and looks certain to cause Manchester City's defence problems.

"It's a little bit different [Coutinho and Firmino's situation]", Klopp said, as quoted on Liverpool's official site.

The £215m paid for the likes of Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva means there are no excuses for Guardiola after a trophyless first season in England.

Trent Alexander-Arnold was named among the substitutes last time out as he was feeling the effects of a dead leg so the youngster could get a recall at right-back with Joe Gomez the man to make way.

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