Philippe Coutinho will miss Friday’s FA Cup third round derby against Everton as he continues to receive treatment on a thigh injury.
Liverpool’s influential playmaker, who hopes to join Barcelona this month, missed the New Year’s Day win at Burnley through injury and manager Jürgen Klopp said afterwards that the Brazil international was “at least a doubt” for the Anfield Cup tie. Liverpool are now resigned to being without Coutinho against their Merseyside rivals, however, with the 25-year-old continuing to feel the effects of the thigh problem.
Coutinho was at Melwood on Wednesday to receive further treatment on his thigh. Mohamed Salah, who also missed the Burnley win and will travel to Ghana for the African Footballer of the Year awards on Thursday with Sadio Mané, remains a doubt.
Liverpool are braced for a new offer from the Spanish league leaders for the Brazilian but it will take a figure of around £130m for the Anfield club to consider his transfer. A deal that would allow Coutinho to realise his wish of a move to Barcelona in the summer could be agreed this month but the player’s preference is for a January transfer.