Despite appearing to miss Coutinho's invention, Klopp insisted that the rest would benefit the player, who has not appeared for Liverpool since failing to force through a summer move to Barcelona but took to the field twice with the Brazil national team last week.
Jurgen Klopp is looking forward to welcoming Philippe Coutinho back into the squad ahead of Liverpool's Champions League group match against Sevilla. If people blame me for this, no problem, but it was a decision taken for the season.
"It was a decision made with the season in mind", Klopp said. "With Phil, we didn't create more chances against City in the past".
"He opted for Milner, the team was winning the games and we did not compete in European competition, so we did not need so many rotations".
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"I'm not sure it's quite that easy, but if it is - if we bring him (Coutinho) in and then everything is great again - then that's cool", said Klopp, defending the reasoning for initially prolonging his absence.
"Sometimes it's impossible after the worldwide break - different plans, different positions, they played all over the world, I don't like this but we can not change it - but you saw City struggled also a little bit".
Senegal worldwide Mane, who will serve a three-match domestic ban after receiving a direct red, is likely to feature in the mid-week game while Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho could make his first start of the campaign.
Though Mane's suspension does not affect his participation in the Champions League as his ban will only affect domestic matches - missing two Leicester clashes and a Burnley tie - Coutinho provides much-needed depth in midfield for Liverpool.
"We thought it best to give him three or four days proper training and then he'll be available for us, which is very good news".