Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was handed a major injury boost ahead of his first match as Reds manager against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday (17 October) after Philippe Coutinho returned to first-team training. The Brazilian midfielder had pulled out from the Brazil squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Venezuela after picking up a knock during the 1-1 draw in the Merseyside Derby on 4 October.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the former Inter Milan midfielder, who has been one of the Reds' best players this campaign, was present at Klopp's first training session along with nine other first-team players, including Daniel Sturridge and James Milner. Dejan Lovren, who was carried off during the Anfield club's penalty shootout victory over Carlisle United in the Capital One Cup, has also returned to training and will be in contention for a place in the team for their visit to White Hart Lane.
Roberto Firmino, who has a back injury and Christian Benteke with a hamstring injury, however, are yet to recover, while skipper Jordan Henderson also remains sidelined after undergoing surgery for a foot injury, which has seen him make just two appearances this season. The former Borussia Dortmund boss will hope to start his reign with a win at Tottenham following his first training session with the team.
Meanwhile, the 48-year-old German manager has indicated that he will involve the youth players at the club, and has confirmed that they will have a bigger chance of making the step up to the first-team than they have ever had in the past.
"The young guns are very interesting. When I manage a club, each young player should smile because their chance is bigger than it ever was," Klopp said, as quoted by the Mirror.
"The door is pretty wide open and I don't care so much about experience. Of course, experience is an important point but it is not the most important for me."