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Jurgen Klopp: “Coutinho missed friendly win over Athletic Bilbao due to injury”

Liverpool have tabled a new record bid for RB Leipzig midfielder

Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp insists Philippe Coutinho missed their friendly win over Athletic Bilbao due to injury.

The 25-year-old midfielder’s absence only added to speculation of an imminent bid arriving from Barcelona for the Brazilian.

However, the Reds manager insisted yesterday: “Phil had a back problem yesterday so there was no reason to take any risk.

“We will manage it and we will rotate. From tomorrow onwards, I will be preparing for the Watford game and then the next game.”