Farewell approaching: Coutinho missing in Liverpool squad
Philippe Coutinho will not play for Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League playoffs. He would still be eligible to play for another club. Philippe Coutinho is not in Liverpool’s squad for the first leg of the Champions League play-off against TSG Hoffenheim, but team manager Jürgen Klopp did not call the Brazilian into a duel with the Bundesliga club, fueling the ongoing rumours of the 25-year-old’s change, and would use Klopp Coutinho in one of the two qualifying matches. Coutinho did not belong to the team at the start of the Premier League’s Premier League season – officially because of back problems:”I have to accept the decisions of the owners, that’s how it works”, said Klopp after the 3:3 draw against Watford, saying:”I have no influence on when players are not available. Last Friday, LFC owner Fenway Sports Group (FSG) announced that Coutinho will definitely not be sold. Coutinho is said to have told the club that he wants to leave the club, and FC Barcelona has been campaigning for Coutinho ever since Neymar moved to Paris Saint-Germain. A change seems more likely than ever.