Philippe Coutinho trains with Liverpool ahead of Champions League opener

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There are footballing reasons to start Philippe Coutinho against Sevilla on Wednesday, with the player having played 30 minutes for Brazil twice over the recent global break and while perhaps not ready to go the full 90 minutes at least ready to play 60 should J├╝rgen Klopp decide to start him.

Mohamed Salah is a minor doubt after being sent home from training today with a sore throat but Klopp has suggested the Egyptian worldwide should be fit to start against Sevilla.

Spanish outlet Don Balon reports that the Catalan club have not thrown in the towel in trying to sign the 25-year-old this season and they are willing to continue their pursuit at the start of the new year.

Salah joined Liverpool from Serie A outfit Roma in the summer transfer window and has enjoyed a rather productive start to life at Anfield, scoring three goals and providing one assists in his first six matches on Merseyside.


Since the German's arrival in October 2015, Liverpool have reached the finals of both the EFL Cup and Europa League before losing out to Manchester City and Sevilla respectively. "I would like to win that game", Salah said on Liverpool's official website.

"I'm very happy to be here, it's like my family".

Daniel Sturridge will be another option at Anfield-and if the striker does feature, it would be his first outing for the Reds in the Champions League. "We have to take the first 20 minutes and how we played before the worldwide break and take it into the next game", said keeper Simon Mignolet on what they intend to do heading into a tough clash.

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