Sep 19, 2017 at 7.45pm UK at ​King Power Stadium
Attendance: 31,609
LeicesterLeicester City
Okazaki (65'), Slimani (78')
Iborra (90')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Grujic (57'), Klavan (75')

Jurgen Klopp explains why he took off Philippe Coutinho in EFL Cup exit

Klopp defends decision to sub Coutinho
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claims that the decision to substitute Philippe Coutinho was made before kickoff in last night's EFL Cup defeat to Leicester City.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed that he decided before Tuesday night's EFL Cup match against Leicester City that Philippe Coutinho would not complete 90 minutes.

The Brazilian, who missed the first month of the season, played the first half of the third-round tie at the King Power Stadium before being substituted at the break.

The 25-year-old was an influential figure in the first 45 minutes as Liverpool dominated, but they failed to make the most of their opportunities and were later punished when Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani scored in the second half to put Leicester into the next round.

After the match, when asked why Coutinho was withdrawn, Klopp told reporters: "That was the plan before the game. He needs match time but it was not the plan to let him play again 60 or 70 or 80 minutes. Forty-five is the limit. We need to get him fit but we cannot push him through."

Liverpool will return to the King Power Stadium this weekend when they face Leicester in the Premier League.

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