Barcelona 'to return for Philippe Coutinho in January'

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Liverpool have won one of their eight Champions League home games against Spanish opposition (D3 L4), it was versus Real Madrid in March 2009 (4-0).

December 9, 2014, was the last time Liverpool played a group stage match in the Champions League.

Klopp's side showed an attacking verve that could threaten the best in Europe.

Klopp will be able to select a front-three involving Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino if the Egyptian worldwide is fit.

"We could have scored more often but if we continue playing like this, we will get points".

Liverpool went looking for the equaliser straight away, and only had to wait until the 21st minute to find it. Alberto Moreno was the creator, cutting the ball back from the byline for Roberto Firmino to guide home easily.

Liverpool conceded after another error from Dejan Lovren.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring their third goal. "He has a little bit of a sore throat", said Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp.

The forward was then left out of the squad that suffered a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of the Citizens at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, but Klopp insists the decision was made with Coutinho's fitness in mind.

However, the defeat should be put into the context that they had matched City and were trailing only 0-1 when Sadio Mane was sent off. He has been a massive influence for the club in the Premier League so far and will be a huge player for the club if they are to progress in the Champions League. "Of course, we can't neglect the performance after that, but we have another game in midweek when we can prove ourselves".

Klopp confirmed that Philippe Coutinho was "fit and healthy" but declined to say if he would play what would be his first match for Liverpool this season.

"He's more likely targeting the League Cup against Leicester for a start".

"Last season was another very successful season for them, so it is a really interesting challenge for us". Ganso, Wissam Ben Yedder, and Nolito were all among the goals. Midfielder Ever Benega has returned from Inter Milan, with departing centre-back Adil Rami replaced by Dane Simon Kjaer.

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