Coutinho was not involved in Liverpool's humbling 5-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday. "We need only bring Phil in and then everything will be good again!"
"It's not important any more, we lost 5-0, it sounds insane I know!"
If people blame me for this no problem, but it was a decision taken for the season. "I was still the same player, I worked with the same intensity, but the decisions are taken by the coach".
The Brazilian is in contention to return on Wednesday night when Liverpool entertain Sevilla at Anfield in their first Champions League group stage fixture for three years.
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"He opted for Milner, the team was winning the games and we did not compete in European competition, so we did not need so many rotations". 'If you look at the players and some of their performances, you can say why not?
Klopp cited Coutinho's lack of training and involvement with Brazil as the reasons why he saw fit to rest him against City but is primed to call on the playmaker for the first time this season against the Andalusians, who will be looking to capitalise on the Reds' Manchester malaise.
I will have this situation all the time over the next three or four weeks, so we thought: "OK, let's start immediately with this, give him three or four days of training and then he's available for us"."
"Sometimes it's impossible after the global break - different plans, different positions, they played all over the world, I don't like this but we can not change it - but you saw City struggled also a little bit".
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