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'Really struggled' - Carragher slams Liverpool midfielder after Man City defeat

'Really struggled' - Carragher slams Liverpool midfielder after Man City defeat

Coutinho missed Liverpool's start to the season with a back problem but managed to appear for Brazil during the global break.

Jurgen Klopp has implored Liverpool to learn the lessons of their Manchester City hammering ahead of their Champions League campaign.

Coutinho was left out of Liverpool's 5-0 defeat to Manchester City this weekend, "It was a decision made with the season in mind". Listen to the latest episode and subscribe to the podcast on Deezer and iTunes.

Now is the time for Jurgen Klopp to make Liverpool relevant again in European football's greatest competition, insists Champions League victor Luis Garcia.

"This is the season", he says.

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"I'm not sure it's quite that easy, but if it is - if we bring him (Coutinho) in and then everything is great again - then that's cool", said Klopp, defending the reasoning for initially prolonging his absence.

- Player was given extra rest and training time to recover and catch up from global duty. He came back long flight, 15 minutes here, 15 minutes there, three weeks without training.

The Senegalese forward misses next Saturday's home Premier League clash against Burnley then back-to-back visits to Leicester in the Carabao Cup and league - but he will be available for the Sevilla game.

"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".

Philippe Coutinho had a shot accuracy of 55% for Liverpool in the Premier League last season. "You cannot play these passes better, you have only to make a little more of it. [Coutinho's] a fantastic player, that's really good, hopefully we can use him as quick as possible, but that's how it is".