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Liverpool boss handed Brazilian boost ahead of Spurs

Jurgen Klopp held his first training session as Liverpool manager with a reduced squad but there was some early good news for the German.

Coutinho is fit to face Spurs this weekend. Credit: PA

International duty meant just nine first-team players, supplemented by three youth team goalkeepers, were present at Melwood as the former Borussia Dortmund boss began work proper on Monday afternoon after his appointment on Thursday.

However, Press Association Sport understands one of those players was Philippe Coutinho, who a week ago pulled out of Brazil's squad for World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Venezuela with a minor groin injury.

Early indications are the 23-year-old will be available for Klopp's first match in charge at Tottenham on Saturday lunchtime.

Other first-teamers present for the session which lasted just over an hour were James Milner, Daniel Sturridge, Mamadou Sakho, Alberto Moreno, Lucas Leiva, Kolo Toure, Dejan Lovren and Joao Carlos Teixeira.

Aaron Lennon leaves Spurs for Everton

Lennon has joined Everton. Credit: PA

Aaron Lennon has joined Everton from Spurs on a three-year deal for £4.5m.

The nippy 28 year-old winger spent the second half of last season on loan at Goodison Park after seeing his first team opportunities at White Hart Lane restricted.

Manager Roberto Martinez told Everton.com:

We are delighted to welcome Aaron back to Everton. We know we are getting a player our fans know inside out. He had a major role in the second half of our season and we're looking forward to Aaron kicking on and continuing to enjoy his football, as well as being the productive player we know he can be.

He is well-respected in the dressing room, his experience in the Premier League is immense and he will immediately add to our squad and to the ambition we have as a club.

– Everton manager Roberto Martinez

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