Friday 23 March 2018

Philippe Coutinho not included in Liverpool squad to play Hoffenheim in Champions League

Phillipe Coutinho has been linked with Barcelona
Phillipe Coutinho has been linked with Barcelona

Liverpool will be without Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho for Tuesday's Champions League play-off first leg at Hoffenheim.

Striker Sturridge missed Saturday's Premier League opener at Watford after suffering a thigh injury in pre-season but there was hope he could feature against the German side.

It now appears the game has come too soon for the injury-plagued England international, with the 27-year-old not included in Jurgen Klopp's 22-man travelling squad.

Also missing from the list published by the club was Coutinho, whose future remains the subject of considerable speculation.

The Brazilian last week handed in a transfer request after Liverpool rejected two bids from Barcelona and issued a strongly-worded statement saying he would not be sold.

His absence from the squad was not a surprise, however, given that he has not been training due to a back injury and also did not play at Watford.

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