Philippe Coutinho Recovered From Back Injury, Returns to LFC Training

Aguero was benched against Bournemouth

Coutinho was back training for Liverpool yesterdayWhat's the story?

Coutinho and compatriot Roberto Firmino returned to Melwood on Thursday morning along with the majority of Liverpool's worldwide contingent.

The 25-year-old - yet to make an appearance for Klopp's men this season - is back at Liverpool following two appearances for Brazil during the global break, though he has been left out of the squad for Saturday's trip to Manchester City.

But Liverpool rejected three bids for the 25-year-old and a transfer evaporated.

The Brazil playmaker submitted a transfer request on the eve of the season but Liverpool repeatedly rebuffed Barcelona's attempts to lure him to the Camp Nou.

But Liverpool held firm while Coutinho made his comeback during his country's World Cup qualifying double header with Ecuador and Colombia last week.

With Coutinho having missed out on 3 weeks of training at Liverpool, it looks like Klopp will ease him into the first team set-up and not start him from the get-go against Manchester City.

Guardiola, who repeatedly dismissed any prospect of selling Aguero last season, is adamant nothing should be read into this.

"We got all the numbers from the Brazilian FA around the intensity of his sessions with them so it's all OK".

"Now we start the period where we play every three days and unfortunately, we lost him".

Klopp said: "Maybe a few of you have had a split in a good relationship, with your friends, wife or whatever, and it is not good to think about the time you were split".

Although Klopp won't risk Coutinho, he is expected to play new signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in some capacity on Saturday.

"He's a real central defender and we are going to help him a little bit with the weakness in the build-up, to help him improve", Guardiola said.

"He visualised that he will play more than here".

"In terms of being reasonable and thinking what should we expect from this squad and its qualities, I think a title challenge", he said.

That form has pitted the Reds second on the table, two adrift of rivals Manchester United, who have claimed three victories from three thus far.

"No matter how well they play against the opposition they switch off on a set-piece and that could end up costing them a lot of points".

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