Former Newcastle Star Slams Klopp for Starting Klavan Against Man City

Posted September 12, 2017

The Brazilian has yet to appear for the team this season following a back injury, but Klopp confirmed that Coutinho will at least be on the bench on Wednesday evening.

Liverpool begin their first Champions League campaign since 2014 with a home game against Sevilla on Wednesday, and Garcia believes there is no reason Liverpool can't have a good run in the competition.

The Reds had disastrous game on Saturday as they lost 5-0 to a rampant Manchester City side, with Sadio Mane getting sent off after a collision with former Benfica goalkeeper Ederson.

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After a summer of heavy speculation that the 25-year-old would depart to Barcelona, Coutinho has since returned to training at Melwood from global duty with Brazil - with Klopp initially eager to first rest the player before featuring him.

Fellow keeper Mignolet said: "I've had it before when you have to jump into people's feet - and you have to be fearless".

"Klavan has not set the world alight as a Liverpool player and, when you're going to the Etihad, you want your back four to be confident and connected and know where each other is". I will have the situation all the time now over the next three or four weeks.

Though Mane's suspension does not affect his participation in the Champions League as his ban will only affect domestic matches - missing two Leicester clashes and a Burnley tie - Coutinho provides much-needed depth in midfield for Liverpool.

But are Liverpool capable of winning the Champions League? "This team is a lot better than we were back then, so I don't think anyone can say that Liverpool can't do it".

"Sometimes it's impossible after the global break - different plans, different positions, they played all over the world, I don't like this but we can not change it - but you saw City struggled also a little bit".