Jürgen Klopp says Philippe Coutinho's Liverpool future is out of his hands

Vincent De Villiers
Agosto 13, 2017

"In football life, it makes sense to be really self-critical and that's what we are of course, but in the end if you do everything on the first matchday, you can not expect perfection", explained Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, speaking to the club's official website.

Stefano Okaka had headed Watford into the lead and Abdoulaye Doucoure restored the home side's advantage shortly after Sadio Mane scored a superb equaliser for Liverpool, who were without injured Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho.

'I can say something that is maybe more important, ' said Klopp, when asked about the midfielder's transfer request yesterday. It is his dream move and I don't blame him in the slightest.

"If we sell a player, or don't sell him, then I must accept it".

The German added to Sky Sports: "I am responsible for the whole team, all the players, so I need to be focused on the players who are available".

"I can not change it".

"I was not too happy with the positioning when we were 3-2 [up], we were a little bit too deep and it means the long balls in behind, if you lose it, it's directly a chance".

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"[There are] a lot of things we can work on and at the moment we have one point". How can it change something for me? Liverpool were in scintillating form last season till Christmas, but by the end of their campaign they just about managed to make it into the top four and qualify for Champions League. I didn't see the club insiders today. If you ask early enough, you can either switch the plan of whatever.

Coutinho rocked the club after he handed in a transfer request to try and push through a move to Ernesto Valverde's side.

FSG is pretty firm on not selling Coutinho, but if a bid of over £100 million is received, it might be better for the Reds to cash in on the money and sign Insigne as a replacement instead of keeping an unhappy player.

The Hornets continued to pile on the pressure as they pushed for an equalising goal in the closing stages.

"I have said what the club's decision is about this and now you can read it - that is maybe the only difference".

But he says it's unfair that Liverpool have been put in this situation on the eve of their opening game against Watford - and argued the transfer window should close before the season starts.

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