Sport Coutinho's Barcelona transfer saga not on Klopp's mind

23:17  12 august  2017
23:17  12 august  2017 Source:   Goal.com

Klopp: Nothing has changed on Coutinho's Liverpool future

  Klopp: Nothing has changed on Coutinho's Liverpool future Jurgen Klopp says there has been no change to Philippe Coutinho's situation at Liverpool, despite his transfer request.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says there has been no change regarding the future of Philippe Coutinho, who is reportedly wanted by Barcelona.

Jurgen Klopp insists he will not become distracted by the transfer saga surrounding Philippe Coutinho , but suggested that the Liverpool star' s future could be out of his hands. Barcelona have made two bids for the 25-year-old, most recently seeing an offer of €100 million rejected.

Although the Brazil international has handed in a transfer request to force a move to Barcelona , the coach says he will not let the issue distract him.

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Jurgen Klopp insists he will not become distracted by the transfer saga surrounding Philippe Coutinho, but suggested that the Liverpool star's future could be out of his hands.

Barcelona have made two bids for the 25-year-old, most recently seeing an offer of €100 million rejected.

Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group released a statement on Friday insisting they would not entertain offers for Coutinho, but a few hours later, the Brazil international submitted a transfer request.

Coutinho missed Liverpool's thrilling 3-3 draw with Watford on Saturday due to a back injury, after which Klopp stressed his focus is on the players at his disposal but admitted he does not have final say on the former Inter man's future.

Klopp: No change in Coutinho's Liverpool future

  Klopp: No change in Coutinho's Liverpool future The coach admits his side are still without the Brazil international after he missed their opening game of the season and submitted a transfer requestLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says there has been no change regarding the future of Philippe Coutinho, who continues to be pusued by Barcelona.

Although the Brazil international has handed in a transfer request to force a move to Barcelona , the coach says he will not let the issue distract him.

Although the Brazil international has handed in a transfer request to force a move to Barcelona , the coach says he will not let the issue distract him.

"I cannot say a lot about it," he told Sky Sports. "I am responsible for the whole team, all these players, and I need to focus on the players who are available. I have no influence on the players who aren't available.

"I have to accept decisions from owners, that's how it is, and sometimes from players, but for this moment I just have to concentrate on my team."

Liverpool conceded an injury-time header from Miguel Britos to surrender the lead at Vicarage Road, although Klopp was angry that the goal was allowed to stand due to the Watford defender having scored from an offside position.

However, Hornets boss Marco Silva felt his players deserved a point from a match in which they twice lost a one-goal lead.

"I think it's a fair result. We had a very good first half, a good intensity like I wanted," he told BBC Sport.

"I didn't like the first 25 minutes of the second half. We expected a good reaction from Liverpool but we needed to be better. We made mistakes. But we reacted well.

"Our fans pushed our players on. We had some small injuries. We need to show this attitude and commitment in all our games."

Klopp refuses to comment on Barcelona's Coutinho interest .
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has refused to comment on Barcelona’s supposed interest in midfielder Phillipe Coutinho. Barcelona have been heavily linked with a move for the playmaker with Neymar on the verge of a world-record transfer. Neymar is set to complete a €222m move to Ligue 1 side PSG, with Coutinho thought to be top of Barcelona’s wishlist to replace the star forward. However, Klopp has refused to talk about the matter, telling reporters to not waste their energy in asking him such questions. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Klopp said this: “Don’t waste your energy. In this moment it’s about transfers and I’ve nothing to say. I cannot talk about this just because a Barcelona guy starts talking. Did he say they come to Liverpool and do business? Something like this?” “They want to come over? They are funny. I don’t want things like this.” This came after Liverpool lost to Atletico Madrid on penalties in the Audi Cup final, having held them to a 1-1 draw in normal time. Coutinho was rested for the clash, having played a starring role in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Bayern Munich the night before. The 25-year-old scored 14 goals in all competitions for Liverpool last season, leading to interest from Barcelona.

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