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Coutinho doesn't want to play for Liverpool in Champions League

Coutinho doesn't want to play for Liverpool in Champions League”

Despite his apparent return to fitness, Klopp chose to keep him out of the side against Manchester City and does not think the 25-year-old's presence would have had any bearing on the 5-0 scoreline at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists that he has no regrets over leaving out Philippe Coutinho for Saturday's Premier League fixture with Manchester City. If you want to blame me for the decision (not to play Coutinho) then no problem.

The Brazilian, however, played a few minutes with Brazil during the global break and, once again, was not part of Liverpool's squad on Saturday when the Reds were trashed 5-0 by Manchester City. "He came back from a long flight, after two substitute appearances and three weeks without training", Klopp told the club website.

Speaking at his post-match press conference, Klopp replied with a simple "yes", when asked whether Coutinho was in his plans for Wednesday's match.

With Sadio Mane facing domestic suspension, the No. 10's return should be timely, though he is far from a guaranteed starter at Anfield in midweek.

Klopp denied that this was the case and said, "I can explain it a little - maybe a few of you have had a split in a good relationship, with your wife or whatever, and it is not good to think about the time you were split".

Klopp has no doubts about Coutinho's quality but knows they will need more than just the Brazil ace to get them back on track. "With Phil, we didn't create more chances against City in the past". "I was still the same player, I worked with the same intensity, but the decisions are taken by the coach".

"I don't know if the transfer will happen next year, but I'm glad he is staying at Liverpool because he's a fantastic player, very professional and a great kid". "That's how it is".



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