Premier League, Liverpool FC preview: Philippe Coutinho transfer saga shrouds Anfield

Paola Ditto
Agosto 13, 2017

Liverpool will rebuff any bids for Philippe Coutinho in this transfer window, the club's American owners said on Friday, in the latest blow to Barcelona in its attempts to replace Neymar.

"I had to sell a lot of players in my managerial career", Klopp said.

Liverpool were without Philippe Coutinho, who missed the side's Premier League opener with what the club say is a "sore back".

'As manager in a football club I have bosses, and if bosses decide, for example, just in general, we sell a player or we don't sell him - then I have to accept it, ' said Klopp.

"Hopefully, when I play I will bring good performances to the team and I hope that everybody brings a good performance to help us win the game".

"It's always been his dream to play for Barcelona, and the kid is panicking thinking he will not get his move if he doesn't go now".

Watford had only managed to score in two of their last six matches against the Reds before Saturday's game.

Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (L) and Liverpool's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane break through the Watford defence during the English Premier League football match between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, north of London on August 12, 2017. How can it change something for me? I didn't see the club today - those people.

He fumed: "I don't make the decision".

Liverpool are disappointed with the way Coutinho has handled things, especially as the club had previously made it clear to him in face-to-face meetings that a move to Barcelona would not be entertained at the moment.

"You have to ask the club".

The Coutinho controversy added to Klopp's frustration after Liverpool squandered the chance to claim an opening day victory by conceding a stoppage-time equaliser.

"I think Jurgen Klopp's got it under control, I think FSG have got it under control, and they're the key", he explained.

As for the visitors, Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side finished 13 places and 36 points better off than Watford in the division, boasting four consecutive away wins at the end of the season.

All of the three goals they conceded came from set-pieces: two from corners and one from a throw-in.

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