The summer-long soap opera involving Coutinho’s future had looked like reaching an end this week, with Barcelona seemingly ending their interest in the 25-year-old.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday night at Anfield ahead of Wednesday’s playoff against Hoffenheim, Klopp revealed that Coutinho is now “ill.”
“He’s now ill,” said Klopp. “If he would start (training) tomorrow, it would take time because he has no training for a long time. So no idea (when return).”
The Liverpool manager added that, “it is 100% clear that nothing has changed” in terms of his future.
When Klopp was later asked about whether he would welcome Coutinho back, his response was, “of course.”
Asked if everything is okay between him and the player, Klopp said: “Yes, absolutely, indeed 100%.”
Coutinho had initially been missing with a suspiciously well-timed back injury, during a period in which he handed in a transfer request.