With speculation continuing over Philippe Coutinho’s future at Liverpool, boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted that nothing has changed and he will be remaining at the club.
Klopp’s comments came after Barcelona’s general manager Josep Segura suggested that they are closer to reaching a deal. They have already had two bids rejected by Liverpool, most recently one for £90.4 million, and now Coutinho has handed in a transfer request at Anfield.
However, in regards to Segura Klopp said, “I don’t know why other people are saying what they’re saying. I don’t even know him. I have never met him. We have already said what we have to say. [There is] no news from me. Nobody told me anything different since we spoke last time.”
Coutinho hasn’t participated in any of Liverpool’s games so far this season but the club insist that his absence is due to an ongoing back injury rather than uncertainty surrounding his future.
There have been reports in the Spanish press that Coutinho would be willing to go on strike in order to push through is move. But Klopp insists that Coutinho has remained professional. On the other hand, he says that he hasn’t spoken to the player since he suffered his back injury.
“To be honest there is nothing I can say about his attitude because since he has the back problems he’s not been in training. But when I asked the medical department how he is doing, there was no complaints. That’s how it is. There’s nothing bad to say” Klopp said.
Klopp also said that he doesn’t know when Coutinho will be back from injury.