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Liverpool omit Philippe Coutinho from Champions League squad

Liverpool have omitted midfielder Philippe Coutinho from their Champions League squad that will be facing off with Germany side Hoffenheim on today (Tuesday) in the play-off first leg.

Coutinho, 25, last week submitted a transfer request after Liverpool rejected a £90m (100m Euros) bid from FC Barcelona.

The Brazilian attacking midfielder missed the Red’s Premier League opener on Saturday due to a back injury as they shared the spoils with Watford in a thrilling 3-3 draw.

While addressing the media on Monday, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said; "Nothing has changed. Not on one side or on the other."

"He is not available for us in the moment, that's the main issue if you want. He cannot play for Liverpool in this moment and, how everybody can imagine, that's quite a blow for us.

"We've known for a few days about it so we can prepare this game without him, like we have to prepare the game without Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge."

Liverpool kickoff their UEFA Champions League campaign with a first leg play-off at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena in Germany while the return clash is slated for Wednesday, 23 August at Anfield after which the aggregate winner will progress to the group stages of the European competition.

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

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