Philippe Coutinho will not be in the Liverpool squad for the Premier League match against Manchester City, Jürgen Klopp has said.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, the Liverpool manager said that Coutinho has been omitted in order to train and improve his match fitness.
“I decided to leave [Coutinho] out of the squad for City so we can use the time for extra training,” Klopp said.
“We have to prepare him for the rest of the season and that is quite difficult with our fixtures and schedule. He agreed - he didn’t want to just play 15 minutes.”
The Brazilian has not played for Liverpool this season after handing in a transfer request following interest from Barcelona. The Spanish club had three bids for the attacking midfielder rejected by Liverpool, with the final offer in the region of €130m (£119m).