Jurgen Klopp pencils in Philippe Coutinho's Liverpool return date

Philippe Coutinho is in the mix to feature in Liverpool's opening match of the Champions League group stage.

Philippe Coutinho could make a timely return to Liverpool's matchday squad for their midweek Champions League clash with Sevilla, Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.

The wantaway Brazilian is yet to feature in a competitive match for the Reds this season after being denied a move to Barcelona, a saga which prompted Coutinho to submit a transfer request.

Liverpool refused to sanction his departure and Klopp has now confirmed the 25-year-old is in contention to return at Anfield.

Coutinho would be a welcome addition to a side beaten 5-0 by Manchester City on Saturday, a collapse sparked by Sadio Mane's first-half sending off.

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Speaking at his post-match press conference, Klopp replied with a simple "yes" when asked whether Coutinho was in his plans for Wednesday's match.

Coutinho twice appeared as a substitute for Brazil over the international break, scoring in a 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Ecuador.

Alongside Sevilla, Liverpool have also been grouped with Spartak Moscow and Maribor for their Champions League campaign.