Jurgen Klopp has discussed the decision to keep Philippe Coutinho for the first time since the transfer window closed. Speaking after coaching in a testimonial game at former club Mainz, he explained the difference between Borussia Dortmund selling Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona and Liverpool standing firm over Coutinho. Goal and The Guardian translate what Klopp told German outlet Sport1:
“We have our situation and Dortmund has another. We still have a really good player in the squad who can play. Don’t believe everything in the press or that there are offers here and there and that the minute after the offer has been entered, it should already be over. We are not like George Orwell where everybody knows everything immediately. We have exactly the situation we wanted and no other.”
Coutinho is currently away on international duty with Brazil, for whom he played and scored against Ecuador on Thursday night. He has been registered in Liverpool’s Premier League squad, but it is not yet clear what role he will have in the squad upon his return to Merseyside.
The Reds could soon be robbed of another of their key players as Turin based newspaper Tuttosport claim that Juventus will make a move for midfielder Emre Can in February, when they are free to approach him and agree a contract to take him to Serie A when his existing deal at Anfield expires in the summer.
Liverpool are still in talks with the German about a new deal but there does not seem to have been much progress in recent months. Can has been in superb form since the start of the season and Jurgen Klopp will not want to lose him regardless of the arrival of Naby Keita next summer.
Fears that Liverpool could also lose another player, this time to injury, were eased though. Mohamed Salah was rumoured to have picked up an injury whilst with Egypt, but national team doctor Mohamed El-Ela denied this as he is quoted by Egyptian site KingFut as saying:
“There is no injury to Salah, he is completely ready for the match. Salah complained only after the end of the Uganda match, it was just a complaint no more and no less, and he is not injured.”
Salah was on the receiving end of some robust challenges from Uganda in their 1-0 defeat on Thursday, but it now seems that he will be fit to feature against the same opposition in another World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.