Coutinho ready to aid Reds’ cause

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho is all chipper after making his return from a hamstring injury, admitting it was awful to sit on the sidelines.

The Brazil international missed five games for the Reds recently with the injury he sustained in the 4-1 win over Manchester City on November 21.

But Coutinho is ready to play his part for Jurgen Klopp's side as they head into the busy festive period, having made his comeback as a substitute at the weekend in the 2-2 draw with West Brom at Anfield.

"I'm feeling much better. I'm training and I'm available for selection," he told the club's official website. "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. I'm feeling good and I hope I can help the team out in the best possible way."

Coutinho praised the home fans for their backing this past weekend, when Divock Origi rescued a point for the Merseysiders with his equaliser deep into stoppage time.

"We didn't give up at any time. It was a very difficult game against a team that sat back and the atmosphere inside the ground was amazing," the 23-year-old 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.

"We hope it will 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."