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Coutinho makes progress training solo but NYE clash with Man City is too soon

Date Posted,December 29, 2016

Philippe Coutinho was put through his paces on Thursday night but New Year’s Eve will come too soon for the Liverpool ace.

The Brazilian was pictured training without his team-mates at Melwood as the Reds prepared for Manchester City at Anfield on New Year’s Eve.

But he won’t feature on Saturday evening, having not yet fully recovered from the injury he suffered against Sunderland.

“No [he will not return], but he’s in a good way,” Klopp said at his pre-match press-conference.

“The City game for sure is too early, pretty sure the Sunderland game is too early too.”

Coutinho trains alone but won’t be ready for the New Year’s Eve clash with City (Photo: Getty)
Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp (Photo: Liverpool FC/Getty Images)

The Reds could be nine points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea going into the tea-time kick-off, if the Blues beat Stoke earlier in the day.

City sit a point further back from Jurgen Klopp’s side, and the German was on hand to watch his side go through their drills ahead of one of the biggest games of the season so far.

Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson, Nathaniel Clyne and co looked in good spirits as they jogged round Melwood in the crisp north west weather following their 4-1 win over Stoke on Tuesday.

Ovie Ejaria
Ovie Ejaria (Photo: Liverpool FC/Getty Images)
Daniel Sturridge and Georginio Wijnaldum share a joke
Daniel Sturridge and Georginio Wijnaldum share a joke (Photo: Liverpool FC/Getty Images)
Adam Lallana
Adam Lallana (Photo: Liverpool FC/Getty Images)

Liverpool will also be without Joel Matip , as the Cameroon defender continues to struggle with an ankle problem.

Dejan Lovren
Dejan Lovren (Photo: Liverpool FC/Getty Images)
Roberto Firmino
Roberto Firmino (Photo: Liverpool FC/Getty Images)
Nathaniel Clyne and Dejan Lovren (Photo: Liverpool FC/Getty Images)

Klopp is excited to take on Pep Guardiola’s side though and admitted he would buy a ticket for the game if he was not in charge.

“They have got better since last year, we are getting better,” Klopp said. “It will be interesting.

“They will not play like last year, it’s really exciting. If I was not on the bench I would buy a ticket 100 percent for this game.”

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