Liverpool's Coutinho sees the positive in England's early World Cup exit

More time to prepare for the new season for a lot of Liverpool's players following England's exit.

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho has said he was surprised by the early exit made by England at the World Cup, but sees the positives for his club.

England have lost both of their Group D matches to Italy and Uruguay 2-1, meaning they have exited the tournament before the final group game against Costa Rica - which takes place tomorrow.

Sky Sports have picked up on an interview with Placer, where he said: "It surprised me because I thought they would go further.

"But on the other hand this is even a good thing as my Liverpool team-mates will be more rested for the pre-season."

Coutinho himself missed out on selection for the World Cup after being overlooked by Brazil - and has said he can't wait for pre-season to start.

He added: "I am very anxious. I cannot wait to start the pre-season. A week here, watching games on television, is already driving me crazy."

Six of Liverpool's contingent are part of the England squad that travelled to Brazil so there is perhaps more reason to be positive on the club front for Liverpool. A large chunk of first-team regulars back at Melwood for pre-season unscathed, and relatively early could be pleasing for Brendan Rodgers, even if he did want his charges to go far in the tournament for their countries, could be used as positive ahead of the new campaign.

Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson and Daniel Sturridge have all played big roles within the first team under Brendan Rodgers - whilst Rickie Lambert will also be joining them at Melwood following his signing from Southampton - and potentially another man in the form of Adam Lallana from the Saints, with the Reds' interest in the Saints midfielder well documented.

No doubt the players will return raring to go for an exciting campaign ahead for the Reds, but they will still be keeping an eye on the competition, in particular on Uruguay's progress with Luis Suarez playing a part after a meniscus injury. Though signs of that problem affecting him seem to be minimal after his wonderful two-goal display against England in Sao Paulo on Thursday.


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