Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has today confirmed that fan-favourites Philippe Coutinho and Mo Salah will be unavailable for this weekends FA Cup clash versus Everton.
Speaking in today’s press conference as quoted by the Mirror, Klopp stated that although two of the ‘fab-four’ won’t be playing, his team selection will still reflect his views on the Cup.
“Mo [Salah] and Phil [Coutinho] are not available.
“The line-up will be a line-up that shows all the respect we have for the FA Cup.” the German gaffer added.
Liverpool fans will be quick to remember the questionable team selection in the last Merseyside derby, that many fans believe was the reason for throwing away the three points.
Klopp did state that there is pressure from the fans to deliver some silverware however, as Liverpool have not won a trophy since the League Cup in 2012.
“I have pressure to win trophies, but I don’t feel it.
“It’s a fact. We are capable of winning trophies in the first season, in the second season as well.”
Losing Coutinho and Salah for the game against their local rivals is a huge blow to these chances though.
Klopp also added that it may be some time before we see record signing Virgil Van Dijk, as it takes time for a centre-half to adjust to a new team.
“With Virgil it’s different, I have to make a decision for this game, it’s not finally done.
“It’s clear centre-half is a position you need to be in tune with the team.”
In other Liverpool news, a potential replacement has been found should Coutinho exit for Barcelona this January.