Coutinho left out of Liverpool’s Champions League squad amid Barcelona interest

Philippe Coutinho is a notable absentee from Liverpool’s 22-man squad to face Hoffenheim in a Champions League play-off on Tuesday.

The Brazilian forward continues to be heavily linked with a big-money move to Barcelona, with a transfer request handed in at Anfield in an effort to force the issue.

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Two bids from Camp Nou have already been knocked back for the 25-year-old, who is seen as the top choice to replace Neymar in Catalonia.

Barca have raised their offer from £72 million to £90m, but Liverpool remain reluctant to part with a player they tied to fresh terms in January.

While Jurgen Klopp is keen to keep Coutinho on his books, he is not in a position to call on him at present.

Liverpool drew their 2017-18 Premier League opener 3-3 with Watford without their most creative influence, with a back problem the reason for his absence.

He will now play no part in the club’s first European outing of the season, as they seek to take a positive step towards the Champions League group stage.

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Daniel Sturridge is also missing from the travelling party heading to Germany, with the England international striker still nursing a thigh injury he picked up in a pre-season clash with Bayern Munich.

Liverpool squad to face Hoffenheim: Alexander-Arnold, Moreno, Lovren, Milner, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Can, Mane, Salah, Firmino, Kent, Solanke, Origi, Gomez, Klavan, Flanagan, Robertson, Matip, Grujic, Mignolet, Karius, Ward.

Barca money beats loyalty in Coutinho case

Klopp remained quiet on the issue of Coutinho’s future when quizzed on the matter following Saturday’s stalemate at Vicarage Road.

He told Sky Sports: “I cannot say a lot about it.

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“I am responsible for the whole team, all these players, and I need to focus on the players who are available. I have no influence on the players who aren’t available.”

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