I don't decide Coutinho's Liverpool future - Klopp

Philippe Coutinho would be a huge loss for Liverpool if he heads to Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho would be a huge loss for Liverpool if he heads to Barcelona

He is also a doubt for the first leg of Liverpool's Champions League qualifying playoff against Hoffenheim in Germany on Tuesday.

At 1pm on Friday Sky Sports News revealed Coutinho had handed in a transfer request, with Liverpool confirming they had received, and rejected, the request an hour later.

But Liverpool owners, Fenway Sports Group, FSG, have insisted the 25-year-old will not be sold.

Quizzed about the situation following the Watford match, Reds boss Klopp maintained Coutinho's future is out of his hands.

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool defended the majority of set pieces "really well" in the 3-3 draw at Watford on Saturday, but admitted his side still need to improve on them after conceding from two corner kicks.

"I had no time to think about it today because that's how it is with all other players who are not available", he added.

"I can not say a lot about it", he told Sky Sports when asked about the Brazilian. "I was not happy in the first half with the situation; it was very physical and Watford were too often the winners in these situations", he said. "But at the end of the day it comes down to Philippe Coutinho and his decision, what he's prepared to do, what type of war he's prepared to create to get out because Liverpool won't make it easy for him".

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has submitted a transfer request, Press Association Sport understands.

Great things are expected of Liverpool's exciting front three of Salah, Firmino and Mane " all were on the scoresheet " but it remains to be seen if they will be complemented by Coutinho this season. If you ask early enough, you can either switch the plan of whatever.

The source said that Coutinho will not be sold and that Liverpool consider the matter closed, and the club's owners have now backed that stance up in a statement.

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But Miguel Britos secured a point for Watford in the third minute of stoppage-time when he scored from what appeared to be an offside position.

The visitors pulled themselves back into the game and bagged their second from the penalty spot ten minutes after the break.

"We spoke about it at half-time and second half was much better".

"I had to sell a lot of players in my managerial career. So yes, I am fine with his contribution".

And Klopp said his side could not be blamed for conceding in those circumstances: 'Watford had their moments but mostly around set-pieces.

Coutinho's actions are a surprise, because when players officially ask to leave, they usually prefer to do it through their representatives.

"That's really not fun".

"But for us different things are important, the physicality in the beginning - not ready for these things".

"I know the kid, I know he's not a bad person, I know he doesn't want to cause a war to come out". It's the first game of the season and we're going to try to work hard for the next games.

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