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Coming or going? Coutinho doesn’t train at Liverpool as he makes quick getaway

Date Posted,August 10, 2017

Philippe Coutinho came and went from Melwood today but didn’t join his team-mates as the prepared for their Premier League season opener.

Barcelona are honing in on the Brazilian with increasingly extravagant offers, but the Reds says it’s a back problem that is keeping Coutinho from action.

An animated Jurgen Klopp led today’s session with the star Brazilian, who was pictured driving in and out of the Reds’ training base today but didn’t join his fellow players.

After a check-up with medical staff today he is set to miss Liverpool’s game at Watford on Saturday.

Neither was Daniel Sturridge, who is recovering from a thigh injury suffered against Bayern Munich in their Audi Cup final defeat.

Jordan Henderson leads his side in the absence of Coutinho (Image: Liverpool FC via Getty)
Liverpool training without Coutinho (Image: Liverpool FC via Getty)
An animated Jurgen Klopp makes his point on Thursday (Image: Liverpool FC via Getty)

With big money links to Barcelona not going away, Jurgen Klopp has insisted no bid could make the club to sell the Brazilian.

Barca are said to have had a follow-up offer rising to £90million including add-ons for the Reds playmaker rejected on Wednesday, having already seen a £72m bid turned down last month.

Klopp has been firm in his stance that the Brazil international is not for sale.

Philippe Coutinho is pictured leaving Melwood (Image: Mercury Press & Media)
(Image: Mercury Press & Media)

He told Sky in Germany: “From a financial standpoint there is no price limit to let him go. A price at which we are ready to give in.

“Our goal is to have the best possible team so we want to keep our guys and add new ones. That is our plan.

“Liverpool is not a club that has to sell players. That is set in stone. So what they pay in the end doesn’t matter.”

The Reds prepare for their season opener at Watford (Image: Liverpool FC via Getty)
Klopp has insisted Coutinho is not for sale (Image: Liverpool FC via Getty)

Barca have plenty of money to spend, having sold Coutinho’s compatriot Neymar to Paris St Germain for a world-record £200.6m last week.

Coutinho, who joined Liverpool from Inter Milan for £8.5million in 2013, signed a new five-year deal with the Merseyside outfit in January that did not include a buy-out clause.

The 25-year-old was their leading scorer with 14 goals in all competitions last term, a season that saw Klopp’s men secure a fourth-placed finish in the Premier League.

Joe Gomez gets between Georginio Wijnaldum and Emre Can (Image: Liverpool FC via Getty)

He has been included in Liverpool’s squad for their Champions League qualification opener against Hoffenheim on Tuesday.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to start at right-back in the absence of Nathaniel Clyne, who has missed pre-season.

Captain Jordan Henderson is better after a virus and looked in high spirits during today’s session, as did new arrivals Mo Salah and Dominic Solanke.

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