Jurgen Klopp reveals why Trent Alexander-Arnold took free-kick

Liverpool's Trent Alexander Arnold celebrates after scoring the only goal in the Champions League qualifier match against Hoffenheim in Sinsheim Germany

Phillipe Coutinho will miss Liverpool's game against Crystal Palace, after Barcelona's doctors confirmed that his back is still injured.

Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has acknowledged the club are in a "very hard situation" as they look to secure deals for Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele, their two biggest transfer targets this summer.

However, Liverpool have shown a strong desire to keep their star player at Anfield by rejecting Barcelona's second offer of around £90m.

"No news from me because no-one told me anything different since we spoke last time about this".

Trent Alexander-Arnold has identified Steven Gerrard's support as an inspiration for his fledgling Liverpool career after scoring his first goal for the club against Hoffenheim on Tuesday.

Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo reports that the Brazilian worldwide has told Jurgen Klopp that he won't play for Liverpool again in an attempt to force through a move to Barcelona.

"I can have nothing to say about his attitude because since he got the back injury, he hasn't been in training". "I have nothing bad to say about it".

The Liverpool manager reserved special praise for Trent Alexander-Arnold as an "incredible young player" after he scored against the Bundesliga outfit in the first leg of their Uefa Champions League play-off round clash.

Victory in that game will ensure the reds progress to the lucrative group stage of the Champions League.

"Daniel, yes I would say". 'We are discussing their deals but do not know when it will be done'.

Ahead of the game, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and he's given reporters a team news and injury update.

He (Klopp) would say that, wouldn't he? I don't even know him. We were in meaningful spaces often enough, but it's clear he has to say it. Coutinho might argue that Barcelona wont be there again but if you believe you're a top player then a top club will always be interested.



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