Liverpool on alert after Coutinho’s latest injury update

Philippe Coutinho is expected to return from injury this week – with Brazil confident he will be fit for the game against England at Wembley next week.

The Liverpool playmaker has been absent from the Reds’ last three games due to an adductor strain.

Despite the knock, he was called up by Brazil boss Tite for their international fixtures against Japan and England in the coming week.

Having been assessed by the Brazilian national team medical staff, Coutinho will remain with the squad instead of returning to Melwood to continue his rehabilitation.

Team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar believes Friday’s game with Japan – taking place in Lille – will come too soon, and instead focus is falling upon getting him fit for the trip to London a week Tuesday.

“Coutinho had a muscle injury in the adductor of the left thigh,” Lasmar reportedly told Globo Esporte.

“He is in the final phase of recovery. We knew that he would not be fully fit, but we chose to make his final recovery with us.

“The possibility of him playing against Japan is remote, but we work to make sure he’s available against England.

“He may not be able to participate [against Japan]. If he can, he could stay on the bench and play for a few minutes.“But it’s a small chance. Our focus is to get him back for the second game.”

Jurgen Klopp will be keeping a keen eye on developments in the Brazil camp, having been without the 25-year-old for the wins over Huddersfield, Maribor and West Ham.

Roberto Firmino – who started all three of those games – is also in the squad.