The most agonizing story of the transfer window continued today, as Jürgen Klopp held his his presser ahead of Liverpool’s meeting with Crystal Palace this weekend. Of course, the biggest question of the day was regarding Philippe Coutinho and if any progress, or not, had been made regarding his status with the club. It’s no secret he’d put in a transfer request last week, to the shock of most supporters and the club itself, and things have largely been at a standstill ever since. Klopp, to his credit, has been pretty transparent regarding the whole saga, despite what he must be feeling regarding the Brazilian. He did offer some insight today, into how he might actually be feeling.
“Can you imagine for a minute, I am not a little bit interested about the problems or not of Barcelona,” said Klopp today. With our own problems regarding the transfer window, it wouldn’t do well at all to dwell on the problems of other clubs and their prospective targets - even if one of them is one of your star players. The manager remained his optimistic self throughout the presser, despite the edge of frustration.
“You can imagine, in general, for each player Liverpool is a very good club, a very good team in the moment. We have a good age of the group. We have very young boys, experience – it’s a good mix and we are on our way.
“I don’t see a lot of reasons for each player to leave the club at the moment and that’s just in general. I am fine with the situation and I am very positive about the project of Liverpool.”
Whether or not Coutinho stays or goes seems to be out of everyone’s hands, including Klopp’s. Coutinho himself is currently unavailable with a mystery back problem, having missed the matches against Watford and Hoffenheim earlier in the week. As always, his absence has forced the manager to adjust.
“Every team in the world would miss a creative player in whichever position of his quality,” insisted the boss. “Having Phil not available was never cool but it happened. We always need to adapt. It’s the situation at the moment and we have to take it like this.”
It’s not an adaptation that needs to stick.