Attention has already turned to Coutinho's replacement, with Liverpool linked to both Atletico Madrid talisman Antoine Griezmann and Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez. Perhaps that seems like an odd statement considering the success "the little Magician" has had against City in recent seasons, but his absence will be most keenly felt in those supposedly "easier" games against stubborn opponents who only want to pack the defence and frustrate Jurgen Klopp's side.
"That is not going to change my opinion about Liverpool on Sunday".
"It's normal in this business - you lose players, you buy players, you bring players through", he added.
'But I would be very surprised if they got anyone in to replace Coutinho this month.
Klopp admitted that they can not convince "all players" to stay but that they must ensure to show them that "there is no need to leave from the sports side".
Liverpool have - at least - spared a thought for their fans, and confirmed that any one who invested in a Coutinho shirt this season will receive a £50 voucher to compensate them following his exit.
Come May, Philippe Coutinho will probably have a La Liga and possibly a Copa del Rey winners' medal. But we tried everything [to keep Coutinho].
The 25-year-old attacking midfielder signed a five and a half year contract and he has been given the famous number 14 shirt, which was previously worn by the great Johan Cruyff.
He explained: "If anybody would say afterwards it's because he didn't fight enough, they will never know 100 per-cent all the information".
An Irish Liverpool fanatic has posted a video online of a chant he'd like to hear on the terraces as Jurgen Klopp's side take on Manchester City this Sunday.
Tevez infamously struck a winning goal against Manchester United on the final day of the season that saw them remain in the Premier League at the expense of Sheffield United.
The chance to play with Klopp, even if it meant more time on the training field than the player would have liked, was one of the main things that drew Oxlade-Chamberlain to the club, and he's glad that it paid off. The Reds are grinding out results in Coutinho's absence, yet a big money recruit will be a statement of intent from the management who now needs to earn the supporters trust and ensure they have not become a "selling club".
Meanwhile, a second adjustment could see Lallana chosen ahead of Oxlade-Chamberlain to provide the ammunition for the front three to hopefully fire the Reds to victory.