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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: 'No regrets over Philippe Coutinho omission'

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: 'No regrets over Philippe Coutinho omission'

Coutinho was not involved in Liverpool's humbling 5-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.

"I think for Jurgen this has to be the season", Garcia told the Echo.

Liverpool return to the Champions League on Wednesday when they host Sevilla. "He came back from a long flight, after two substitute appearances and three weeks without training", Klopp said.

Klopp's side were already 1-0 down to a Sergio Aguero goal when Sadio Mané saw red in the closing stages of the first half for a high and risky challenge on Ederson, which resulted in the City goalkeeper being stretchered off. "He's been at the club for almost two years and he's been trying to build a team in the way he was doing in Germany". Klopp says that he is set for Champions League duty this week.

Coutinho missed Liverpool's start to the season with a back problem but managed to appear for Brazil during the global break.

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"At the moment, there is probably also a difference in talent between the two clubs".

Karius had always been earmarked as one for the future by Klopp after showing last season that he was not ready to be Liverpool's number one, and giving him the nod in Europe is, all at once, a massive show of faith in the 24-year-old and putting enormous pressure on the former Mainz keeper's shoulders.

But are Liverpool capable of winning the Champions League? "You cannot play these passes better, you have only to make a little more of it. [Coutinho's] a fantastic player, that's really good, hopefully we can use him as quick as possible, but that's how it is".

On the specific absence of Coutinho's incisive passing, Klopp added: "We score a lot of goals and all the players on the pitch play these passes".


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