Liverpool will be without four key players for Saturday’s Premier League opener away to Watford, including in-demand playmaker Philippe Coutinho.
The Reds’ owners released a statement over Coutinho’s future on Friday morning, insisting they will not sell the 25-year-old for any price this summer.
This serves as considerable backing for Jurgen Klopp, who has regularly insisted that the Brazilian would not be leaving the club.
But as Klopp prepares his side for their trip to Vicarage Road, he will be without Coutinho, along with Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge.
And the German has revealed Coutinho is also a doubt for Tuesday’s Champions League play-off first leg away to Hoffenheim, but Sturridge should be back.
“He has back problems, not in training since last Friday,” he told reporters at Melwood on Friday.
“So he’s not available, and a doubt for Tuesday unfortunately.
“Tuesday I’m pretty sure [Sturridge] is ready. Clyney had a problem from the first day [of pre-season], now Phil with the back. Four players [out].
“I still have to make hard decisions, but in pre-season players showed up. I can go with this squad this season.”