Jurgen Klopp expects wantaway star Philippe Coutinho to link up with Brazil for international duty even though he is yet to play for Liverpool this season.
Coutinho has handed in a transfer request at Anfield in the hope of pushing through a move to Barcelona, but the Reds have held firm and insist that the player will not be sold.
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With no conclusion to the saga, Coutinho has yet to feature for Liverpool this season with Klopp maintaining that a back injury is the reason for his continued absence.
Klopp, though, expects Brazil – who have World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Colombia on the horizon – to check up on Coutinho.
“At the moment, [Coutinho] is on our injury list,” Klopp told a pre-match news conference ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Arsenal. “That hasn’t changed.
“I’ve not been in contact so far with the Brazilian FA, but it’s like the rules are – if they want to see him and check him, then of course he has to go there. That’s how it is.
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“I don’t know exactly, but I think it will happen, and we have no problem.”