Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho delighted with fitness return

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho

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Liverpool attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho admits that he is relieved to have put his recent hamstring troubles behind him.

The Brazilian missed four matches with the problem before making his return as a substitute in the 0-0 draw with Sion in the Europa League earlier this month.

The 23-year-old then made his first start in last weekend’s 2-2 draw with West Brom and he admits that he is relieved to be over his recent injury nightmare.

He said: “I’m feeling much better. I’m training and I’m available for selection. It’s the best thing, because to be out injured is very difficult – it’s awful. Of course, we love playing football and when we’re available for selection, it’s the best thing.”

The Reds needed a stoppage time equaliser from Divock Origi to salvage a point against the Baggies and they have now failed to win any of their last three matches in all competitions.

Coutinho believes it is crucial that everyone connected with the club sticks together and he praised the role the supporters played in inspiring the team to earn a draw against Albion.

He added: “The supporters were urging us on, so the goal was very important and we were satisfied given the way things were going. The fans are there supporting us and that’s really important, as I’ve said before.”

The Brazil international will be hoping to continue his return to full fitness in the Reds’ next match against Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday, and Jurgen Klopp’s side are available at 2.00 to win the match, whilst the Hornets are best priced at 4.00 and the draw is on offer at 3.40.

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