Philippe Coutinho will not wear Liverpool's No 10 shirt again. The Brazilian and his people are confident that his signing for Barcelona will happen in the next few days and he will not risk a set-back through injury by playing for them. The deal could reach 150m euros.
SPORT have learned that Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool understand the situation and are preparing for the next games without their star man in their schemes. In Barcelona the players and the fans are waiting for him with open arms.
Coutinho did not play in the 2-1 win at Burnley because of some discomfort from the previous few games. Liverpool's next game is an FA Cup clash with Everton on Friday.
The next match is against Pep Guardiola's Man City on Sunday 14, at Anfield, and Coutinho is not planning on featuring in that either. Coutinho is already thinking about Barcelona, where he hopes to land soon. Tomorrow there will be a meeting in London which could seal his future.