Philippe Coutinho has handed Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp a significant boost by declaring himself ‘100 percent’ fit ahead of Brazil’s friendly against England.
Coutinho, 25, has missed Liverpool’s last three games with a thigh problem but looks set to start at Wembley on Tuesday night when Brazil face Gareth Southgate’s England.
‘Unfortunately, I could not play for Liverpool in the past three games because of injury,’ Coutinho said.
‘Now I feel 100 percent fit, I have recovered and I am in a good shape to be available for the game against England.
‘I never want to miss any Brazil games. I am honoured to wear this shirt whenever I can. England will be our first European opponent under [manager] Tite. We are looking forward to battling with them.
‘They have a lot of quality players who operate in a top league like the Premier League. It will no doubt be a difficult encounter.’
Coutinho, who missed fixtures against West Ham, Maribor and Huddersfield Town due to the thigh problem, added: ‘Every day, I work harder than before to improve myself and become a better all-around footballer.
‘Thanks to football, I live in England today. Thanks to football, I am able to feed my family. Football has been very generous for me.’