HIS HANDS’

Coutinho’s fu­ture lies with Liver­pool own­ers, says Reds man­ager

New Straits Times - - Sport -

WAT­FORD

JUR­GEN Klopp in­sists Philippe Coutinho’s Liver­pool fu­ture will be de­ter­mined by the club’s own­ers as Barcelona bid to land the want­away Brazil star.

Coutinho is keen to join Barcelona and the Reds for­ward sub­mit­ted a trans­fer re­quest 24 hours be­fore Liver­pool opened their Premier League cam­paign with a 3-3 draw at Wat­ford on Satur­day.

The 25-year-old, who missed the trip to Vicarage Road with a back prob­lem, is Barcelona’s top tar­get to re­place Ney­mar fol­low­ing the Brazil­ian’s world record switch to Paris Saint Ger­main.

Barca had a £90 mil­lion (RM500 mil­lion) bid for Coutinho re­jected last week, prompt­ing the player’s de­ci­sion to de­mand a move.

But Liver­pool’s US-based own­ers, Fen­way Sports Group, in­sisted in a state­ment on Fri­day that Coutinho will not be al­lowed to leave An­field at any price.

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

“As a man­ager of a foot­ball club I have bosses, and if bosses de­cide, for ex­am­ple, we sell a player or we don’t sell him, then I have to ac­cept it.

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