Speaking after Liverpool’s dramatic Premier League opening day draw with Watford, Jürgen Klopp answered a number of questions surrounding the future of Philippe Coutinho following his transfer request on Friday.
Coutinho was absent for the Reds on Saturday with a back injury, but reported to Melwood as normal for treatment.
Philippe Coutinho reported to Melwood as normal today. (Echo) pic.twitter.com/NGBM8ebuAp
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) August 12, 2017
Many are still intrigued to see whether Liverpool’s owners continue to reject offers around the £100m mark for Coutinho, despite the players desire to leave the club this summer. Asked about the situation post-match, Klopp said:
“I’m responsible for all of these players. I need to be focused on the players that are available. I cannot say a lot about it.
“The reasons why the players are not available, I cannot have an influence on it. I have to accept decisions.
“I’ve had no time to think about it today, I had to prepare for a match.
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Coutinho’s transfer request came shortly after Klopp’s pre-Crystal Palace press conference on Friday, where the manager had insisted that the owners had decided Coutinho would be going nowhere.
Klopp: “If I was upset, I’d tell the player himself. I didn’t get it (the transfer request) but I can say something that’s more important.
“As a manager, I have bosses. That decide, for example, if we sell a player or we don’t sell him. I have to accept it.”
“If they don’t sell him, then I am not involved any more. I’m responsible for all of our players.”
“I can’t say anything about it, the only thing is I work with the players I have. That’s what I’m always doing.
Klopp implied that Liverpool’s owners were the people that had decided the player would stay, insisting that his job is to work with the players he does have at his disposal.
“How can it change something for me? I didn’t make the decision.
“You have to ask the club. I didn’t see the club insiders today. You have to ask them.
“I don’t think (it changes anything). It was pretty clear what the club said about it. That’s all.”
Asked whether the Brazilian had let down his teammates after submitting a transfer request, Klopp added:
“I am not part of the discussion with the group.
“There are enough people who can talk about that. I’m not part of it.”