LIVERPOOL midfielder Philippe Coutinho has been ruled out of his side's English Premier League clash with Manchester City Sunday morning (AEST).
Manager Jurgen Klopp expressed his hope earlier this month that the influential Brazilian would recover for the crunch match at Anfield but admitted that the game had come "too early” for Coutinho.
The Reds boss said the midfielder was unlikely to be available for Liverpool's following fixture against Sunderland on Tuesday morning.
"No (he will not return), but he's in a good way,” Klopp said.
"The City game for sure is too early. Pretty sure the Sunderland game is too early too.”
Liverpool also will be without defender Joel Matip as the Cameroon defender continues to recover from an ankle problem, while Adam Bogdan and Danny Ings remain sidelined with long-term knee injuries.
Klopp said he was relishing the challenge posed by Pep Guardiola's side as Liverpool tried to keep up with league leader Chelsea, which is at home to Stoke City on Sunday before facing Tottenham on Thursday morning.
"What I like is that we beat them last year, unfortunately we lost the final (of the Football League Cup),” he said. "It was difficult of course, they were top of the table, we were nowhere. They have got better since last year, we are getting better.
"It will be interesting. They will not play like last year, it's really exciting. If I was not on the bench I would buy a ticket, 100%, for this game.
"Unfortunately Man City are in good shape, so it'll be very difficult. I'm really looking forward to it, I love playing against the best and they are for sure in the group of the best in the world.”
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is available again after a four-game suspension.
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