Barcelona Ask Philippe Coutinho to Refuse to Face Sevilla in Champions League

Barcelona Ask Philippe Coutinho to Refuse to Face Sevilla in Champions League

Barcelona Ask Philippe Coutinho to Refuse to Face Sevilla in Champions League

I will have the situation all the time now over the next three or four weeks.

There are footballing reasons to start Philippe Coutinho against Sevilla on Wednesday, with the player having played 30 minutes for Brazil twice over the recent global break and while perhaps not ready to go the full 90 minutes at least ready to play 60 should Jürgen Klopp decide to start him.

The Reds had disastrous game on Saturday as they lost 5-0 to a rampant Manchester City side, with Sadio Mane getting sent off after a collision with former Benfica goalkeeper Ederson.

It was unfortunate that the transfer story was played out while the Premier League season was underway and no one believed his "back bad" injury claim that has stopped him playing so far this season, as we all knew it was part of his plan to push for a transfer. I'm very, very excited to start the Champions League games at Anfield.

But having returned to the Champions League group stages after a three-year absence, they'll want to focus on the positives.

Klopp said: "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 okay".

Klopp may be without Mohamed Salah, however, as the winger missed out on Tuesday, which could prompt an immediate return to the starting lineup for Liverpool's No. 10.

"I'm very happy to have this start with the team and to help the team win points and win games", he told Liverpoolfc.com.

Sevilla are a decent team and their attacking players will hurt Liverpool if they are given the space to work their magic, but Klopp's side have even more firepower at the other end of the field.

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