Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits he is uncertain about the future of Philippe Coutinho, but accepts the decision is out of his hands.
After Barcelona had a second bid rejected for the Brazil international last week, he handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force a move to the Camp Nou giants. This came just hours after the owners of his current club, the Fenway Sports Group, issued a statement to insist he is not for sale.
Injury prevented Coutinho from appearing for the Reds in their opening match of the new season, which ended in a 3-3 draw at Watford. It was inevitable Klopp would be asked about the 25-year-old’s future after the game, and the German coach admitted the situation is pretty much out of his hands.
“You have to ask the club,” he said. “I didn’t see the club today – those people. You have to ask them. I think it was pretty clear what the club, FSG, said about it. I can say something that is maybe a more important thing. 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.”
Barcelona, of course, are looking to replace Neymar who sealed a world record £196million move to Paris Saint Germain last month. Given the late stage of the transfer window, selling Coutinho now would give Klopp a huge headache as there is little time left for him to find an able replacement.