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Klopp reports cordial Reds return for Barcelona target Coutinho

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists the situation with Philippe Coutinho is "all good" after speaking with the wantaway playmaker on his return from international duty.

The Brazil international handed in a transfer request almost a month ago in an attempt to force through a move to Barcelona, who had three bids rejected.

He has not yet played a match for the Reds this term because of a back injury but, having joined up with his national side for World Cup qualifiers, he made two substitute appearances against Ecuador and Colombia.

He trained with Liverpool yesterday, and afterwards Klopp said: "Of course - all good, all good. Nothing else to say, actually, so he's back and we had a really good conversation, so good."

But while relations were said to be friendly, it is doubtful Coutinho will feature against Manchester City at the Etihad tomorrow afternoon.

"I know what people think but Phil had the back problem a few weeks ago and couldn't train so that means he missed around about three weeks," Klopp added.

"Yes, he went to the national team and trained normally, but now we have to prepare for a normal season."

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