Coutinho set for first Liverpool start

EPL By: Ayodeji Tunde | 16/09/2017


Philippe Coutinho is ready for a starting berth against Burnley on Saturday Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.

The Brazilian made his first appearance of the season for the Reds against Sevilla in the Champions League on Tuesday.

This follows a turbulent summer in which he openly coveted a move to Barcelona but Liverpool rejected three massive bids from the Catalan giants.

And Klopp is grateful that Liverpool fans willingly welcomed him back, after admitting he was unsure of how the crowd would react following the Brazilian's transfer request last month.

But the manager, who will be without Sadio Mane this weekend due to a three-match ban, believes Coutinho is prepared to fill his boots up top.

'You can build up, you can get minutes when you start,' Klopp said when asked about the Brazilian's fitness state. 'This is not the moment when I talk about the line-up of tomorrow, but he should be ready. 

'It was really nice how the crowd welcomed him, no one was 100 percent certain of this but we as a Liverpool family were sensitive enough to do this. 

'He trained outstanding(ly) in the sessions so far since he is back. The game was not perfect but that's how it is after the long break.'

Liverpool are without a win in their last outing; losing scandalously to Manchester City in the Premier League before playing a disappointing draw against Sevilla in the Champions League.