Jurgen Klopp reacted to questions from journalists about Philippe Coutinho’s future by getting a little arsey.
You can understand why Klopp is sick of the questions regarding Coutinho’s potential move to Barcelona, but also understand why the questions are being asked. After scoring a hat-trick against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League, Coutinho hardly swatted away rumours linking him with a January move.
“I am at Liverpool and I always do my best when I have the opportunity to play, respecting the jersey and the supporters,” Coutinho said.
“I do not know how the future is going to be. What will happen in January, we will know it in January. I do not know if there will be an offer.”
That prompted those at Klopp’s pre-match press conference to enquire as to whether there was any update. Klopp was clear on that:
“I have no reasons to think about it. We never spoke about transfers in this moment.
“There’s really nothing to say. I am completely in the situation. Nobody has come to me to say Phil will be away in January.
“Whatever I could say would not stop your questions so I thought it makes sense not to answer it.
“I’m completely fine with the situation, how it is. We had this big story in the summer. I have no desire to have it again from now until January. I will say nothing about that.”
“On January 31 we can shake hands and say: ‘what a wonderful time we had together’, the journalists and me, not Phil and me.”
Reports in the Spanish press say that Barcelona will come back with an offer of £127m for Coutinho.