Jurgen Klopp replies when asked if Liverpool will start Philippe Coutinho v Hoffenheim
The Liverpool manager confirms Philippe Coutinho is sidelined with illness for Wednesday night's clash against Hoffenheim
Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Liverpool will be without Philippe Coutinho due to illness against Hoffenheim on Wednesday night.
The Reds will host the Bundesliga outfit at Anfield in the second leg of their Champions League playoff following last week’s 2-1 victory in Germany.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and James Milner scored in the first leg to put Liverpool in command of the Champions League tie ahead of the return clash on Merseyside.
Coutinho missed Liverpool’s trip to Germany due to a back injury amid interest from La Liga giants Barcelona in the summer transfer window.
The Reds look set to keep Coutinho in their ranks after Barcelona withdrew their reported £118m offer for the Brazil international on Sunday evening.
With the 25-year-old attacker set to remain at the Merseyside outfit, whether Klopp would select Coutinho for the clash against Hoffenheim was a big talking point ahead of Wednesday night’s clash.
However, the Liverpool manager has confirmed that Coutinho will miss the second leg due to illness.
“If Phil will start tomorrow, he can, but he’s now ill,” Klopp told his pre-match media conference on Tuesday evening.
“For him it was not that serious. If he would start tomorrow, it would take time.
We have to take time to see when he’ll be back.”
Coutinho scored 13 goals and made seven assist in 31 appearances in the Premier League last season.
Liverpool were 1-0 winners against Crystal Palace at Anfield last weekend following a 3-3 draw at Watford in their Premier League opener.