The 18-year-old was expected to link up with his former Wales manager for a half-season loan switch to Sunderland in order to gain further experience at senior level.
And Coleman’s youth-heavy approach, saying this week how “if you’re ready and capable, come here,” looked set to aid Woodburn’s development.
But with Coutinho due to finalise his £142 million move to Barcelona on Monday, after Liverpool agreed a deal on Saturday afternoon, the youngster’s future remains up in the air.
They claim that “Klopp has put a block on the move,” and “Sunderland must now wait for Liverpool to give the go-ahead before getting the deal over the line.”
He failed to make the matchday squad at Anfield, but he is likely to have been part of the group who headed to Dubai for Liverpool’s warm-weather training camp on Saturday.
Woodburn can be seen as a long-term successor for Coutinho, particularly given his performances in a deeper midfield role during pre-season and for the U19s this term.
Joining Sunderland on a short-term deal would likely provide that, with Coleman a manager with an in-depth knowledge of Woodburn’s abilities.
Coleman gave Woodburn his senior Wales debut back in September, and was rewarded as the teenager came off the substitutes’ bench to score the winner in a 1-0 victory over Austria.
The 47-year-old employs a hard-working outlook that depends on the unity of his squad, and this could provide Woodburn with an invaluable taster of what to expect at Liverpool in the future.
It remains to be seen if and when he makes the switch, however, as Klopp seeks a replacement for his No. 10.