Philippe Coutinho is set to miss Liverpool’s trip to Watford with the back injury that kept him out of their final pre-season fixture last weekend. 

It seems Philippe Coutinho’s back injury is more serious than first thought, as the Brazilian looks set to join Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne at the ‘certain to miss the trip to Watford’ table.

The Reds’ no.10 was ruled out of their trip to Dublin last Saturday with an injury described as a ‘sore back’ and has been having treatment at Melwood the last couple of days, missing first-team training. According to the Telegraph’s Chris Bascombe, Coutinho is “running out of time to prove his fitness for the trip.”

However, Bascombe assures that the Brazilian missing the fixture has nothing to do with Barcelona’s interest in signing the 25-year old.

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The Reds are adamant that “there is no price that would convince them to sell Coutinho this summer” and have “no intention” of entering into formal negotiations over a transfer and Bascombe reveals that despite the Spanish press attempted to prove otherwise, nothing has changed. Both Klopp and the Reds’ owners, Fenway Sports Group, are said to be “united on the subject.”

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Klopp has also been sweating on the fitness of key duo Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge over the past week and the ECHO encouragingly report that at least Liverpool’s skipper has returned to training after recovering from the virus that saw him miss Saturday’s game.

Sturridge has returned to light jogging but is “yet to return to full training.”

As a result, Liverpool are looking even more likely to start with a front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané on Saturday.

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