Jurgen Klopp admits that he is not sure if Phillippe Coutinho will be at the club in February, but he is not thinking about it.
Coutinho was the subject of a summer-long transfer saga involving Barcelona, but their £113m bid was rebuffed by Liverpool’s firm stance on not letting the ace leave at any cost. This was in spite of the Brazilian international’s personal wish to join the Spanish club.
As reported by Sky Sports, the Blaugrana are prepared to make a fresh offer for the 25-year-old in January.
Klopp was speaking to the reporters before Liverpool’s final Champions League group game versus Spartak Moscow. When quizzed about what makes him sure Coutinho would stay at Anfield after the winter window, he said, “Nothing, but I don’t think about it. Not one second. I’m not unsure, I’m not sure, I don’t think about it.”
Barcelona had previously made a huge bid for Coutinho in the summer
The German added, “I have a team to prepare for tomorrow night and no one knows what will happen in a nice and calm January transfer window and all the teams around the world – it’s nice from the outside view.”
The Reds only need a draw in their final game to go through to the knockout stages. They will ensure progression as Group E toppers with a win on Wednesday night.
Liverpool face Everton in the Merseyside derby on Sunday. When asked if he would rest players given the importance of that clash, he insisted that they have enough time.
“We have enough time after tomorrow night,” said Klopp. “The team will be prepared. We want to go through and we have the chance so we will not hesitate to line up our best team as we did always so far.
“Even when we made changes it was about bringing in players who have the fresh legs to win the game.”
The Reds are currently in 4th place in the Premier League, with 29 points. They lie 14 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City.
Author’s Take –
Liverpool must hold on to Coutinho at all costs, like their stance in the summer. He has proven himself to be integral to their success. Despite having missed 6 games at the start of the season due to injury, Coutinho has hit the ground running, and is in great form at the moment.
The star has scored 4 and assisted 5 in only 8 league games already, and will be key to Liverpool’s hopes for securing top 4 for the second season running.