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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

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


Spurs boss motivated by 'revenge' against Stoke

Mauricio Pochettino is confident Tottenham will this weekend exact revenge on Stoke after defeats home and away last season.

Spurs don't have a great record against Stoke. Credit: Reuters

During a topsy-turvy first season at the White Hart Lane helm, one of the undoubted troughs for the former Argentina international came in November's home clash with the Potters.

That 2-1 home defeat was Spurs' third loss in four league games and led pressure to mount on Pochettino - a sticky period he survived and moved on from, leading the club to the Capital One Cup final and a fifth-placed finish.

Stoke once again exposed the north Londoners' soft underbelly before the season was out, though, winning 3-0 in May, giving Pochettino even more motivation to triumph when the sides meet again on Saturday.

Pochettino said:

It's true the last two games that we played at White Hart Lane and the Britannia Stadium we lost, but it's a good opportunity to take our revenge.

It's a different season, we're happy with our performance - disappointed with the result - against Manchester United but I think the way we played, our performance was good.

We need to show on Saturday that we deserved more.

– Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino
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