Philippe Coutinho: Liverpool midfielder to miss Crystal Palace game with back injury
Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho is to miss Saturday's game against Crystal Palace with a back injury as speculation continues about his future.
Barcelona have said they are "close" to signing the 25-year-old Brazilian.
He submitted a transfer request last week, days after the club rejected a 100m euros (£90m) bid from Barcelona.
"It's a very difficult situation, but we have nothing new to say. It's not always easy to say the 100% truth," said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool are adamant that Coutinho will not be sold in this transfer window
Responding to Barcelona general manager Pep Segura's claim that a deal was close, Klopp said: "I don't know why other people are saying what they are saying. I don't even know them - especially this guy, I've never even met him."
Klopp said striker Daniel Sturridge, who missed the start of the season with a thigh injury, will be available for Saturday's match.