Jurgen Klopp says the future of Philippe Coutinho is out of his hands and a decision for the Liverpool board.
Coutinho lodged a transfer request on Friday in an attempt to force through a move to Barcelona, who have seen a £90million bid rejected but seem unlikely to take no for an answer despite spending £36.5m to sign former Tottenham reject Paulinho from Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande.
‘I can say something that is maybe more important,’ said Klopp, when asked about the midfielder’s transfer request yesterday. ‘As a manager of a football club, I have bosses. And if the bosses 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’m not involved anymore.
‘I am responsible for all of players, not just one, two or three. I cannot say anything about it. So how does it change something for me? I didn’t make the decision.’
Liverpool’s American owners, Fenway Sports Group, issued a statement on Friday, before receiving the transfer request, to insist they would not sell the 25-year-old, who cost £8.5m from Inter Milan in 2013. ‘I think it was clear what the club, FSG, said about it,’ added Klopp.