Jürgen Klopp has shed some light on the Philippe Coutinho transfer request situation at Liverpool and has opened up about the club’s position.
Jürgen Klopp has admitted that Philippe Coutinho has no price tag because it is too late now for Liverpool to try and acquire a replacement.
The Brazilian submitted a written transfer request to the club via email Friday afternoon after having his head turned by Barcelona but the club were quick to refuse him the transfer he desires.
The Reds have already turned down two bids for the player – believed to be worth £72m and £90m – and remain adamant he will not be sold this window.
Klopp himself has now come out and revealed that losing key players is not always as disastrous as one would make out but is all about timing.
“I had to sell a lot of players in my managerial career,” the German said.
“Some had clauses, some had no clauses. We had the Lewandowski thing and that was difficult when he went to Bayern on a free transfer. A lot of different things. The only thing I can say about this is that in life everything is about timing – whichever club asks early enough.
“It’s like how we try to do it. If we ask early enough, we try to do it. If you ask early enough, you can either switch the plan of whatever. But you cannot come up, close to the start of the season and things like this.
“It’s like I said: the club is bigger than anybody. That is the most important thing. It’s about doing it in the right moment. It’s how we do it when we want to bring players in. Most of the other clubs won’t come to us and say ‘by the way, we have a good player, do you want to buy him?’
“It is about timing. That is how I understand it. And that is all I have to say. Maybe everybody has a price – in the right moment. In the wrong moment? No price.”
Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, issued a statement on Friday morning reaffirming that the player would not be allowed to leave the club, even if he were to push for it. The owners’ statement read: “No offers for Philippe will be considered and he will remain a member of Liverpool Football Club when the summer window closes.”
It is understood that their position remains unchanged and that the transfer request submitted to Michael Edwards email inbox has already been denied.
The club is said to be saddened by the player’s actions after he signed a new five-year deal in January worth £150,000 a week, committing himself to the club and conducting himself professionally.
“This shows my happiness here,” he said upon signing the deal back in the winter.
“I signed this new contract to stay here for a few more years because it’s a great honour for me. I was welcomed here with open arms by everyone at the club and the supporters right from my first day. Jürgen is a great manager. He’s a winner. I am very thankful to this football club for everything. We feel at home in this city, we feel a part of this city.”
Certainly, stings a little bit to read that now.