Liverpool have selected Coutinho in our Champions League squad, which all but confirms we have no intention of selling the Brazilian.
He won’t be cup-tied for the Group Stages if he features in either leg against Hoffenheim, but the fact we’ll be selecting him proves that just like the club have repeatedly said, he’s not for sale at any price and is part of Jurgen Klopp’s first-team plans.
The full squad list is featured on UEFA.com, but doesn’t include the currently injured Adam Lallana or Danny Ings, who can both be added if we qualify for the Group Stages.
Liverpool Squad for Champions League Play-Offs
Goalkeepers: Mignolet, Karius, Ward
Defenders: Matip, Lovren, Klavan, Gomez, Masterson*, Clyne, Alexander-Arnold*, Moreno, Robertson, Flanagan
Midfielders: Coutinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Can, Milner, Grujic, Brannagan*, Ejaria*, Woodburn*
Forwards: Firmino, Sturridge, Origi, Solanke, Mane, Salah, Kent*, Ojo*, Wilson*, Brewster*
* Locally trained player.
Interestingly, Alberto Moreno gets a spot after an impressive summer which has seen him work his way back into Klopp’s recognition.
At the moment, it’s looking like he’s somehow managed to remain at the club following a season spent on the bench in 2016/17.
There is however no place for Mamadou Sakho or Lazar Markovic – two expensive players who are very much ‘up for sale’ in the eyes of management.
It’s a little worrying for us that no concrete bids have been put in yet for the pair, but before August ends, we’re hopeful there’ll be some bites.
Liverpool may have to lower asking prices though, especially the £30m-tag on Sakho’s head.