Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp drops hint over Philippe Coutinho involvement against Sevilla


Coutinho has returned to Klopp's first-team fold following his well-documented transfer saga linking him with a mega-money move to Barcelona.

Coutinho has not been involved for the Reds so far this season after being sidelined with a back injury, but manager Klopp is keen on re-integrating the player into his side for the Reds' crucial European Cup tie against Sevilla on Wednesday evening.

The forward was then left out of the squad that suffered a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of the Citizens at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, but Klopp insists the decision was made with Coutinho's fitness in mind. Yes, we scored more often in some games. If you want to blame me for the decision (not to play Coutinho) then no problem.

'When I was here, no one in Europe really knew too much about us until we reached the final in 2005. He came back long flight, 15 minutes here, 15 minutes there, three weeks without training.

Senegal worldwide Sadio Mane is likely to start for Liverpool after being sent off for his collision with Man City keeper Ederson.

After tests, a club medical report showed "the forward has suffered a muscular injury to his right thigh" and would "be ruled out of both Wednesday's fixture, as well as Saturday's league clash against Girona", the club said on its website.

After a summer of heavy speculation that the 25-year-old would depart to Barcelona, Coutinho has since returned to training at Melwood from global duty with Brazil - with Klopp initially eager to first rest the player before featuring him. I will have the situation all the time now over the next three or four weeks.

But this was the decision we took [to leave him out].