Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp drops hint over Philippe Coutinho involvement against Sevilla

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp drops hint over Philippe Coutinho involvement against Sevilla

The Reds were defeated 5-0 at the Etihad on Saturday after Sadio Mane was shown a red card for a unsafe tackle on City goalkeeper Ederson shortly before half-time.

Coutinho had been the subject of interest from Barcelona in the transfer window, but the Reds refused to sell the Brazil global and he is back in training with Jurgen Klopp's side.

Aside from his suspension for three domestic games - Mane can still play against Sevilla on Wednesday - the African's absence ensures Philippe Coutinho's first-team exile ends sooner rather than later, Klopp suggesting the timescale for his return was always another "three or four days". Listen to the latest episode and subscribe to the podcast on Deezer and iTunes.

On why Coutinho did not feature against City, Kop boss Klopp said: "It was a decision made with the season in mind. He came back from a long flight, after two substitute appearances and three weeks without training", Klopp said in his pre-Sevilla press conference.

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Klopp cited Coutinho's lack of training and involvement with Brazil as the reasons why he saw fit to rest him against City but is primed to call on the playmaker for the first time this season against the Andalusians, who will be looking to capitalise on the Reds' Manchester malaise. He has brought in some of the players he wanted.

"We play on Wednesday, we play on Saturday, we play, play, play, play, play".

With the Champions League back at Anfield, it's very important to keep those quality players. That is really good and hopefully we can use him as quickly as possible.

He didn't have much to do, but his inclusion led to renewed rumblings that Karius could be set to play the Champions League group stage games for Liverpool.

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