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“If they don’t sell him, then I’m not in­volved any­more,” Klopp said.

“I’m re­spon­si­ble for all of play­ers, not just one, two or three. I can­not say any­thing about it.

“The only thing is I work with the play­ers I have, that is what I’m al­ways do­ing. So how it change some­thing for me? I didn’t make the de­ci­sion.”

Asked if Coutinho’s trans­fer re­quest could change the club’s stance, Klopp added: “You have to ask the club. I didn’t see the club to­day — those peo­ple.

“You have to ask them. But I don’t think so be­cause I think it was pretty clear what the club, FSG, said about it.”

The Coutinho con­tro­versy added to Klopp’s frus­tra­tion af­ter Liver­pool squan­dered the chance to claim an open­ing day vic­tory by con­ced­ing a stop­page­time equaliser.

Klopp was less im­pressed with Liver­pool’s de­fend­ing at set­pieces that led to two of Wat­ford’s goals.

“We had our mo­ments, then we con­ceded an off­side goal,” he said.

“That’s re­ally not fun. Dif­fi­cult to ac­cept. But we know we can do bet­ter and we have to do bet­ter.”

Wat­ford man­ager Marco Silva in­tro­duced £18 mil­lion record sign­ing An­dre Gray from the bench and ad­mit­ted there is more to come from the for­mer Burn­ley for­ward.

“An­dre Gray did only two ses­sions with me and he did not know very well what I want from him in the match,” Silva said.

“He is on the bench be­cause we work the last five or six weeks to pre­pare for this match.” AFP

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