Liverpool FC legend claims Philippe Coutinho is no longer in first team

John Aldridge believes that Philippe Coutinho has some work to do to force himself back into the first team at Liverpool FC

philippe coutinho
Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho Photo: Mohamed Salah / Instagram

John Aldridge has claimed that Philippe Coutinho is not in Jurgen Klopp’s first-team plans at Liverpool at the moment.

The Brazilian playmaker’s future has been a relentless source of speculation throughout the summer transfer window as he emerged as a prime target for Barcelona following the sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.

However, a move to the Camp Nou failed to materialise for Coutinho as Liverpool opted to keep hold of the 25-year-old attacker beyond the summer.

Coutinho has not featured for Liverpool so far this season due to a back injury, but it seems that Aldridge feels that the playmaker will have some work to do in getting himself back into the first-team at Anfield.

Aldridge wrote on Twitter: “Now Coutinho stays the 2nd team at the min is, Karius or Ward? Clyne, Gomes, Klavan, Moreno, Milner, Ox, Lallana, Sturridge, Solanke, Coutinho! Not bad!!”

It remains to be seen whether Coutinho could be involved when Liverpool return to Premier League action on Saturday lunchtime with a crunch clash against Manchester City at The Etihad.

The Reds are currently second in the table after their 4-0 thrashing of Arsenal last time out.

MORE: Latest Liverpool FC news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

Gossip
Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth
Sky Sports reporter delivers update on Chelsea FC search for next signing
Gossip
Frenkie De Jong
Fabrizio Romano provides update on Chelsea FC link to Frenkie De Jong
Gary Lineker
Gary Lineker tells Jurgen Klopp to switch Liverpool FC star’s position
Erling Haaland vs Darwin Nunez
Erling Haaland vs Darwin Nunez Stats – Who Is Better?
Richest Sports Stars in the world
The Top 10 Richest Sports Stars In the World In 2022
Gossip
Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth
Sky Sports reporter delivers update on Chelsea FC search for next signing
Gossip
Frenkie De Jong
Fabrizio Romano provides update on Chelsea FC link to Frenkie De Jong
Gary Lineker
Gary Lineker tells Jurgen Klopp to switch Liverpool FC star’s position
Erling Haaland vs Darwin Nunez
Erling Haaland vs Darwin Nunez Stats – Who Is Better?
Richest Sports Stars in the world
The Top 10 Richest Sports Stars In the World In 2022
Slideshow
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature