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Coutinho left out of Liverpool's squad for Hoffenheim

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 00:55

Klopp frustrated by Coutinho's absence

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SHOWS: SINSHEIM, GERMANY (AUGUST 14, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LIVERPOOL COACH JUERGEN KLOPP, SAYING: "Well actually nothing has changed in the last few days. Not on the one side, not on the other side. So, I am not sure exactly what you are asking about. He is not available for us at the moment. So that is the main issue, if you want! So he cannot play for Liverpool at this moment. And that is how everybody can imagine, that is quite a blow for us. But, we know a few days about it, so we can prepare this game without him ilike we have to prepare the game without Adam Lallana. Without Daniel Sturridge, who is in a good way, by the way. I had a talk this morning. It looked really close, it looked good yesterday. But now, two more sessions and then he will be available for the weekend. Yes, that's all." STORY: Liverpool attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho was not included in the 22-man travelling squad for the first leg of their Champions League play-off against Hoffenheim, manager Juergen Klopp said on Monday (August 14). According to reports in British media, Barcelona target Coutinho submitted a transfer request last week after Liverpool rejected a second bid worth 100 million euros ($117.96 million) from the La liga club. Coutinho also missed Liverpool's 3-3 draw at Watford on Saturday due to a back injury, with Klopp conceding he had no control over the 25-year-old's future at the club. Under current UEFA rules, Coutinho's participation in the play-off round against Hoffenheim would not jeopardise a move in the current transfer window. The Brazil international will remain eligible to feature for another club in next month's Champions League group-stage. The Merseyside club will also be without striker Daniel Sturridge, who has failed to recover from a thigh injury sustained during the pre-season. Hoffenheim host Liverpool at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena on Tuesday before the two sides meet again at Anfield next week. ($1 = 0.8477 euros)

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Coutinho left out of Liverpool's squad for Hoffenheim

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 00:55