Coutinho Will Not Feature Against Man City – Klopp

Coutinho has not yet played for Liverpool this season, with the club citing a back injury, but he joined up with his national side for World Cup qualifiers and made two substitute appearances against Ecuador and Colombia, scoring against the former.

But Liverpool’s German boss said the playmaker would not feature against City.

“We have got all the numbers (on Coutinho) from the Brazilian FA — the training, the intensity of the training, stuff like that, and it was all OK. And he played twice — I think about 15 or 20 minutes,” said Klopp.

“He could have played 15, 20 minutes again in the City game, maybe longer, but I think really it makes sense (to leave him out).

“He agreed completely, so it was not as if he said ‘no, I don’t need training, I want to play’. It was a good conversation.”

Liverpool, who thumped Arsenal 4-0 in their last match before the international break, are second in the Premier League after three matches, with two wins and a draw.

Pep Guardiola’s big-spending City have the same number of points but trail Liverpool on goal difference.

AFP

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