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Liverpool star in doubt for Huddersfield clash

Naby Keita

Liverpool could be without playmaker Philippe Coutinho for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Huddersfield, manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed. Jurgen Klopp says it is “not clear” at this current moment whether Philippe Coutinho will miss Liverpool’s match with Huddersfield Town on Saturday through injury.

WHAT IS THE STORY?

The Brazilian has missed training this week with an adductor problem he suffered at Melwood, and is touch and go ahead of the clash. Coutinho is set to be assessed ahead of the meeting with David Wagner’s side, but Klopp could not guarantee the playmaker will be passed fit in time. Coutinho was sidelined for five matches with back trouble earlier in the season, missing three Premier League games and two Champions League qualifying matches.

KLOPP’S SAY

The playmaker overcame a back issue to play in Sunday’s defeat at Tottenham Hotspurs but may lose his fitness battle this time around after missing training on Thursday.

The German boss told his pre-match press conference: “It’s not clear at the moment.

“Last week he had some back problems before the Tottenham game, but then during the week it settled with treatment and all that stuff, so he was fit for the game.

“This week he had a little bit of problem with the adductor. It’s not clear so far if he is out for tomorrow. We will make the decision today after training.

“He didn’t train yesterday, that’s true, but that’s all for the moment. There are no other new things [injury problems].”

POSITIVES FOR LIVERPOOL

On a more positive note on the injury front, Klopp is hopeful that Adam Lallana (thigh) and Sadio Mane (hamstring) will be in line for a return following the upcoming international fixtures.

“After the international break, I think Adam and Sadio are back,” Klopp said. “It will be close, so hopefully they can train during the international break and be part of the normal training.

“Adam was this week, for the first time, part of the warming up. His face showed how happy he was about this!

“I saw in the last hour them both with the fitness coaches on the pitch doing technical things and stuff like this, so it all looks good.

“In the end, they all need to be at 100 percent and they aren’t at the moment, so that’s it but they’re on a good way.”

AUTHOR’S TAKE

Liverpool are already without Sadio Mane in the forward’s department and the potential loss of Coutinho would represent another significant blow for Klopp. Liverpool head into the Huddersfield game on the back of their 4-1 loss at Wembley last weekend. The Brazilian is valued as one of the top assets at Anfield, so he would be a big loss against the Terriers.

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