Coutinho Left Out of Liverpool Squad for Hoffenheim Match
Liverpool have omitted Philippe Coutinho from their squad to face Hoffenheim on Tuesday night, in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier in Germany. A back injury is given as the official reason for his absence.
The Brazilian, who submitted a transfer request on Friday amidst interest from Barcelona, also missed Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Watford for the same reason, as speculation continues to rage over his future.
"Nothing has changed. Not on one side or on the other," boss Jurgen Klopp said about the Brazilian on Monday.
"He is not available for us in the moment, that's the main issue if you want. He cannot play for Liverpool in this moment and, as everybody can imagine, that's quite a blow for us.
"We've known for a few days about it so we can prepare this game without him, like we have to prepare the game without Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge."