Jurgen Klopp insists "nothing has changed" on Philippe Coutinho's Liverpool future

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has had his say on Philippe Coutinho's transfer request
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has had his say on Philippe Coutinho's transfer request

15 August, 2017

Coutinho is now in the process of recovering from a back injury, and also missed the Reds trip to Watford on Saturday in their first Premier League fixture of the season, and with FC Barcelona signalling their interest in the playmaker, question marks have loomed surrounding his future at Anfield recently after he issued his desire to leave the club in the summer, less than 24-hours before the Merseysiders' trip to Vicarage Road.

"I don't think I can influence the situation but I can have conversations with Phil".

"I am responsible for the whole team, all these players, and I need to focus on the players who are available".

"Nothing has changed in the last few days, not on the one side or the other side", he said.

"I didn't think on the way to this press conference, 'what can I say if they ask?'".

Klopp remained quiet on the issue of Coutinho's future when quizzed on the matter following Saturday's stalemate at Vicarage Road.

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"But we've known about it for a few days so we can prepare, like we have to prepare without Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge who is really close, two more sessions and he'll be available for the weekend".

Skipper Jordan Henderson was also in attendance, and he added: 'It's a hard situation for Phil and whatever I say won't help matters.

'If they don't sell him, then I'm not involved anymore. "We have a good team".

As such, the 25-year-old's involvement, or not, should have no hidden meaning in relation to Barcelona's interest in the player. It's not like it happened to us previous year and now we say "this will not happen any more".

'It is a big test but it is a big opportunity that is how we have to look at it.

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