Coutinho fit to play 90 minutes, says Tite

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As for Barca, while they may not have got their way in prising him from Liverpool's clutches, it's unlikely to end their interest in the 25-year-old, and it wouldn't be surprising if they were to return for him at a later date.

Purslow said selling Coutinho would have sent the wrong message at a time when Liverpool are trying to establish themselves in the top table of European club football.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists the situation with Philippe Coutinho is "all good" after speaking with the wantaway playmaker on his return from global duty.

Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City have clubbed together to ensure that their contingent of South American stars make it back to England with plenty of time to spare ahead of this weekend's Premier League matches.

Jurgen Klopp sealed a deal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on deadline day, while Philippe Coutinho remains a Reds player having been denied a transfer to Barcelona.

Despite not yet featuring for Liverpool this season, Coutinho has played twice for Brazil, in their recent 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

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"Both [Coutinho and Roberto Firmino] are fit, so that's cool".

"I know what people think but Phil had the back problem a few weeks ago and couldn't train so that means he missed around about three weeks", Klopp added.

'Yes, he went to the national team and trained normally, but now we have to prepare for a normal season so we have seven games (before the next worldwide break),' Klopp explained.

He's a good character and while he wanted to go to Barcelona he'll knuckle down and perform.

Klopp may have little reason to worry about getting Coutinho straight back into the side with his attackers in such fine form, and he's admitted he's not convinced the playmaker is ready to return right away.

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