Klopp admits Liverpool miss ‘world class’ Coutinho

Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool miss ‘world class’ Philippe Coutinho, with the Brazilian set to face his former side for the first time on Wednesday night.

Liverpool travel to Spain to face Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final, with the Reds likely to be facing former Anfield favourites Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez at the Nou Camp.

Whilst Suarez departed for Catalonia in 2014, Coutinho played under Klopp during his time on Merseyside before leaving in a £142m deal in January 2018.

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Klopp admits his side miss the Brazilian, described the 26-year-old as a ‘world class player’.

“Yes, we miss Phil Coutinho a lot. He is a world class player,” Klopp said in his pre-match press conference.

“I loved working together with him, but we had to deal without him and we did well. That’s all I can say.

“When I first heard he wanted to go to Barcelona, I can’t imagine we were that good with it. But all good for both sides.”