Coutinho and Firmino to return via private jet as Liverpool prepare for Merseyside derby

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The duo, who are currently away with Brazil on international duty, will be flown back for Thursday training ahead of facing Everton on Saturday

Liverpool have hired a private jet for Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino's joint return from international duty ahead of Saturday's Merseyside derby with Everton.

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The star duo are currently away with Brazil, who take on Paraguay in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

With the affair set to start at 1.45am BST - 9.45pm local time - Coutinho and Firmino will only have two days to prepare for the crunch fixture against Everton, which takes place at 12.45pm at Anfield on Saturday.

And Liverpool have chartered a private jet to ensure the pair will take part in training on Thursday - a route Jurgen Klopp's side have gone down several times in recent years.

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The Reds hired a private jet for Sadio Mane's return after Senegal's Africa Cup of Nations elimination in January, while they also did the same when Luis Suarez was returning from Uruguay for a Merseyside derby in 2013.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last three Premier League games ahead of the derby, sitting in fourth, six points above Everton.

Ronald Koeman's Everton have lost just one of their last nine league matches and can stake a claim for a Champions League qualification spot with victory in their fierce rival's backyard.

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