Klopp stands firm on Coutinho

Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool's owners will stand firm and refuse to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona but admits any decision is not his to make.

The Reds rejected a transfer request issued by the winger via email on Friday only hours after the club's owners -Fenway Sports Group (FSG)  issued a statement that he would not be sold. Jürgen Klopp has made it clear that any decision about Philippe Coutinho leaving Liverpool is out of his hands, with the manager claiming his “bosses” have the final say on any players going in or out of the club.

Coutinho is desperate to join Barcelona and the Brazilian submitted a transfer request on Friday to try to force the move through, yet Liverpool remain adamant he will stay. Liverpool are disappointed with the way the Brazilian international has handled things, especially as the club had previously made it clear to him in face-to-face meetings that a move to Barcelona would not be entertained at the moment.