Liverpool have this evening been handed positive news regarding the fitness of midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who has declared himself ‘100% fit’ for Brazil’s upcoming clash with England.
Coutinho missed the Reds’ last 3 fixtures, a pair of Premier League games versus Huddersfield and West Ham, along with a Champions League matchup with Maribor, after picking up a thigh problem.
Jurgen Klopp’s men did not exactly struggle in his absence, racking up 10 goals and conceding just 1 on their way to 3 victories.
Despite his fitness issues, Coutinho was nevertheless called up to Brazil’s national squad for the Selecao’s friendly clashes with Japan and England, though he missed his side’s 3-1 win over the former on Friday.
However, speaking in an interview ahead of Tuesday’s Wembley matchup with England, Coutinho confirmed that he has returned to ‘100%’ fitness, and will be available for Brazil and Liverpool’s upcoming fixtures:
‘Unfortunately, I could not play for Liverpool in the past three games because of injury.’
‘Now I feel 100% fit, I have recovered and I am in a good shape to be available for the game against England.’
‘I never want to miss any Brazil games. I am honoured to wear this shirt whenever I can.’
‘England will be our first European opponent under (coach) Tite. We are looking forward to battling with them.’
‘They have a lot of quality players who operate in a top league like the Premier League. It will no doubt be a difficult encounter.’