Liverpool's Coutinho ready to start against Burnley, says Klopp

Liverpool's Coutinho ready to start against Burnley, says Klopp

Liverpool's Coutinho ready to start against Burnley, says Klopp

After dispatching title rivals Arsenal in ruthless fashion before the global break, the Reds crashed to a 5-0 defeat at Manchester City before being held to a 2-2 draw by Sevilla at Anfield in the Champions League.

"He has trained outstanding since he's back, The game was not ideal of course, but that's how it is after a long break - it helped him and helped us".

Goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah swung the match back in Liverpool's favour, but a missed penalty from Firmino proved costly as Joaquin Correa took advantage of some more lax defending to earn a point.

A positive attacking performance from the Reds was sullied by an inability to take a number of clear-cut chances, along with, crucially, yet another abysmal defensive showing. "We wanted to do it and in the end we got a point so it's not too cool but it's still a point", Klopp added.

He confirmed the Belgium worldwide is his first-choice for Premier League matches, while Trent Alexander-Arnold could return at right-back. "It wasn't about tiredness, it was about concentration".

Philippe Coutinho came off the bench during Liverpool's 2-2 draw in midweek and Klopp has now hinted that the attacker could be ready to make his first start of the campaign.

Sevilla's French forward Wissam Ben Yedder (C) vies with Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno and Liverpool's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren (R) during the UEFA Champions League Group E football match between Liverpool and Sevilla at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England on September 13, 2017.

Both the LaLiga side's goals came from defensive mistakes.

Joe Gomez was sent off in the dying minutes, receiving a second yellow card in injury time as the visitors threatened to steal a win.

The Brazil worldwide has been eased into the first-team picture after missing the start of the campaign with a back injury but made his comeback with a 15-minute cameo in the Champions League draw with Sevilla on Wednesday.

Michael Owen believes top European clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid will be anxious about facing Liverpool in the latter stages of the Champions League. They are the favourites to advance to the knockout stage ahead of Maribor and Spartak Moscow, who drew 1-1.

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