After Liverpool’s disappointing 3-3 draw in their opening match against Watford, Klopp again fielded questions about the future of star attacker Philippe Coutinho. Klopp has long insisted that Coutinho was not available for any price. Now that the player has submitted a transfer request, that resolve may be tested.
“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,” Klopp said.
“As a manager of a football club, I have bosses. That decide, for example, just in general, if we sell a player or we don't sell him. Then 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, not just one or two or three, but all of them.
“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.”
On one hand, Klopp distancing himself from the Coutinho saga is worrying for those who are hoping that the Brazilian will stay. On the other hand, FSG have been nothing but firm about their stance regarding the player from day one. Of course that was back when Coutinho had given the club his assurances that he had no intention of forcing a move this season.
It doesn’t look like this one will be resolved any time soon. There’s 19 days left in the transfer window, and while it would seem that the club has the majority of the leverage -- and after the team’s disappointing performance against Watford, the motivation — in this situation, it’s still unknown how it will play out.