Jürgen Klopp took part in a four way press conference ahead of the Reds’ Audi Cup involvement, kicking off on Tuesday with a clash against Bayern Munich.
Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp took part in a four-way press conference alongside Carlo Ancelotti, Diego Simeone and Maurizio Sarri to discuss the Reds’ involvement in the Audi Cup and provided brief updates on injuries and transfers.
The German was once again defiant when asked about the future of Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho, insisting that his star man was not for sale no matter the price:
“There is no other way to interpret it – he is not available to be sold. The word ‘not’ means there is no interpretation for that. It’s nothing new, is it?”
The German, who recently joked he would launch a €300m bid for Naby Keïta after the club saw two bids rejected for the Guinean, didn’t comment on any matters concerning incomings other than to dispel rumours the club would be signing a new goalkeeper this summer.
“No, we aren’t in the running (for Switzerland and FC Augsburg keeper Marwin Hitz.) He’s a good goalie but we have enough good goalies.”
While Klopp confirmed that both Divock Origi and Joe Gomez would sit out the pair of Audi Cup fixtures with respective minor problems, the German had more positive news about James Milner, Loris Karius and Dejan Lovren.
The manager confirmed all three are back in training and available for selection with Dejan Lovren in particular coming under focus:
“He trained and looks fine so far,” the manager revealed. “He will be considered for selection in the two games if there is no reaction.”
The German elaborated on the defensive situation, revealing that while Clyne, Milner, Lovren and Gomez have all had injury issues during the summer so far, he’s not worrying about fielding a strong back line against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
“It’s not a big injury (for Gomez), he just sprained it a little bit,” Klopp said.
“Not everyone has had their (full) preparations yet so we still have a few problems there, but so far everything is looking good. It’s quite a challenge to see what we can do with these players, it’s a little bit of a puzzle, but we will do our best.”
“We’re going to train at 5pm today again and then, after that, I will know who’s available.”
Moving past pre-season, the boss revealed that he is not going to be holding back this season as he pushes “for the championship.”
“That’s what we did last season, we were fourth, and you don’t start a season without any ambitions,” Klopp revealed.
“We have a very good team, we had a bit of bad luck last season and I think we can play a little bit better. Let’s hope that everything will work very well. We have to work very hard and we’re doing that and it’s very important to see what we can achieve tomorrow, against Bayern.
“They are an absolutely top team, it doesn’t matter which team they play. In my experience they’re always a tough team to play and I’m excited to see what team he (Ancelotti) will have.”
However, while Munich are a mainstay in the Champions League – where Liverpool will be be in just two and a half weeks if they win their playoff qualifier – Klopp is refusing to see the match as just preparations for a European campaign.
“We don’t have to make it any bigger than it is,” the German said, attempting to play down the situation.
“In one-and-a-half weeks we’re starting against Watford, we can’t forget that. So every game is very important, but it’s not something to look at like that.
“If we do win, great, but it’s just a preparation game, I don’t think you’ll learn that much out of a game like that, that has nothing to do with the Champions League as such. It’s the top, top level, that’s where we want to be and so we’ll have to see how we go.”