Everything is 100% cool with Coutinho – Klopp

August 22, 2017

Jurgen Klopp will welcome back Philippe Coutinho into the Liverpol squad with open arms

Jurgen Klopp will welcome back Philippe Coutinho into the Liverpol squad with open arms

Jurgen Klopp is focused on recreating fabled Anfield nights as the Liverpool manager revealed Philippe Coutinho has been absent from Melwood this week.

Coutinho, who has angled for a move to Barcelona all month, has been kept away from the club’s training base with an illness ahead of Wednesday’s critical Champions League play-off against Hoffenheim.

Klopp rejected suggestions the pair’s relationship had deteriorated and that Coutinho, also said to be nursing a back problem, would be straight back in contention once he announced himself ready to return.

Klopp was speaking ahead of Liverpool's Champions League qualifier against Hoffenheim

Coutinho has handed in a transfer request to try and force a move to Barcelona

‘Phil is a bit sick so the last few days he was not even at Melwood,’ Klopp said. ‘Emre Can also struggled a little with this, just a cold.

‘He was back training today but Phil was not back because the risk of spreading was too big.’

Asked if he would welcome the Brazilian back, Klopp replied: ‘Of course. You asked is everything OK between us? I answered with of course. Yes, indeed, absolutely, 100 per cent.’

SOURCE: dailymail.co.uk


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