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Published: 16:13 | 21/12/15

Coutinho relieved to be back


Philippe Coutinho has spoken of his relief at returning to the Liverpool squad following a spell out through injury.

Coutinho missed four consecutive games with a hamstring injury before coming on for the final 30 minutes of goalless draw with FC Sion and returned to the starting line-up for Sunday's 2-2 draw against West Brom.

The injury came at a time when Coutinho was showing good form for Liverpool, scoring four goals in three Premier League games, but he has returned in time for the busy Christmas and New Year period and he is ready to help the team in whatever way he can.

"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," he told Liverpool's official website.

"Of course, we love playing football and when we’re available for selection, it’s the best thing. I’m feeling good and I hope I can help the team out in the best possible way."

Divock Origi scored in injury time against West Brom to secure a point for the Reds and Coutinho has praised his team-mates for playing on to the final whistle.

"We didn’t give up at any time," he stated. "It was a very difficult game against a team that sat back and the atmosphere inside the ground was amazing, 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. We hope it’ll be like it was in the last game until the end of the season, everyone united, so we can achieve positive results in the league."

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