Klopp Defends Coutinho Omission from Manchester City Defeat

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And Kop chief Klopp left his star out of Saturday's game at Manchester City in which Liverpool were thrashed 5-0.

"It [leaving Coutinho out] was a decision made with the season in mind".

As forward Sadio Mane is serving a domestic three-match ban following a nasty clash with Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson, ample room in Liverpool's midfield has since been vacated for Coutinho's return.

"He came back after a long flight, after three weeks without playing".

"If you look at the players and some of their performances, you can say why not have a go at the Champions League".

Nolito has enjoyed a fine start to life back in his native country, contributing with one goal and two assists in all competitions so far.

Mane's challenge on Ederson left the Brazilian goalkeeper requiring stitches to the face
Mane's challenge on Ederson left the Brazilian goalkeeper requiring stitches to the face

"At the moment, there is probably also a difference in talent between the two clubs".

"I think he's doing a good job. Now it's the time for him to show that the team is ready to face everything".

Sevilla forward Manuel Agudo "Nolito" has suffered a right thigh injury and will be sidelined in Wednesday's Champions League football match against Liverpool, the Spanish club announced Monday.

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.

Philippe Coutinho had a shot accuracy of 55% for Liverpool in the Premier League last season. The Spaniard claimed. "Everyone was surprised but I think the team now is a lot better than back then". But this was the decision we took [to leave him out].

"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".

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