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Philippe Coutinho left out of Liverpool's Champions League play-off first-leg squad

WIGAN, ENGLAND - JULY 14:  Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool during the pre-season friendly match between Wigan Athletic and Liverpool at DW Stadium on July 1
Image: Philippe Coutinho is free to play in Champions League play-off with Liverpool and group stage for a different club

Philippe Coutinho has been left out of Liverpool's squad for the first leg of their Champions League play-off tie against Hoffenheim.

However, the Brazil playmaker would still be eligible to play in the Champions League for another club this season even if he appeared in the second leg against the Bundeliga side at Anfield.

UEFA regulations state that "a player may not play in a UEFA club competition for more than one club in the course of the same season", but those rules do not apply to the qualifying stages.

Jurgen Klopp's side meet Hoffenheim at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena on Tuesday night as they bid to reach the group stages of Europe's elite club competition.

But they do so with Coutinho's future still a point of scrutiny, as Liverpool turned down Barcelona's second offer of £90.4m for the Brazilian last week, prompting the 25-year-old to send in a transfer request by email.

Coutinho missed Liverpool's Premier League opener at Watford with a back injury.

Daniel Sturridge, who missed the 3-3 draw at Vicarage Road after suffering a thigh injury in pre-season, is also not in Liverpool's 22-man travelling squad due to his latest setback.

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Tottenham target Davinson Sanchez, meanwhile, would also be available to play for another Champions League side this season despite playing in both legs as Ajax were knocked out of the competition by Nice in the third round of qualifying.

He scored in the return leg as the Dutch side went out on away goals after it finished 3-3 on aggregate.

Manchester United's Ecuadorian midfielder Antonio Valencia (L) and Ajax Colombian defender Davinson Sánchez vie for the ball during the UEFA Europa League
Image: Davinson Sanchez is still eligible to appear in European clubs' top competition despite playing in the qualifiers

Article 42.07 of UEFA's regulations states: "As a rule, a player may not play in a UEFA club competition (i.e. UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, but not UEFA Super Cup) for more than one club in the course of the same season.

"Exceptionally, however, a player who has been fielded in the first, second, third qualifying round or the play-offs of the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League is entitled to play in the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League for another club as from the group stage.

"Moreover, as from the start of the round of 16, a player can be registered in accordance with Paragraph 44.01 to Paragraph 44.04.

"A substitute player who has not been fielded is entitled to play for another club competing in the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League in the course of the same season, provided that he is registered with the UEFA administration in accordance with the present regulations."

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