Jurgen Klopp expects Liverpool bosses to deny Philippe Coutinho a move to Barcelona – but will accept any decision that is made
Jurgen Klopp insists he will have little say on Philippe Coutinho’s future but he is expecting his Liverpool bosses to stand firm and block the Brazilian’s bid to leave.
The playmaker submitted a transfer request via email on the eve of the new Premier League season after the Reds rejected a £90million bid from Barcelona for his services.
Coutinho sent the email on Friday only hours after Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) issued a statement saying the 25-year-old would not be sold during the current transfer window.
Even after receiving Coutinho’s request, Klopp does not think FSG will alter their stance.
Asked if the transfer request changed anything, Liverpool’s German manager said: “You have to ask the club. I didn’t see the club today – those people. You have to ask them. But I don’t think so because I think it was pretty clear what the club, FSG, said about it.”
Klopp, speaking after his side drew 3-3 with Watford in their opening game of the season, said the decision was one for FSG and he would have to accept either outcome.
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“I can say something that is maybe a more important thing,” Klopp added. “As a manager of a football club I have bosses, and if bosses decide, for example, just in general, to sell a player or we don’t sell him, then I have to accept it.
“If they don’t sell him, then I’m not involved anymore. I’m responsible for all players, not just one, two or three.
“I cannot say anything about it. The only thing is I work with the players I have – that is what I’m always doing.”
Former Inter Milan player Coutinho, who joined Liverpool from the Serie A side for £8.5million in 2013, signed a new five-year deal in January that did not include a buy-out clause.
He was Liverpool’s leading scorer with 14 goals in all competitions last term, a season that saw Klopp’s men secure a fourth-placed finish in the Premier League.