Jürgen Klopp has made it clear that Philippe Coutinho will be welcomed back into the side after Barcelona’s attempts to sign the midfielder this summer.
Although many supporters would love to see the Brazilian banished to the reserves in the same way Mamadou Sakho was, Klopp insists that he will be a part of Liverpool’s first team setup.
Barcelona’s desperate attempts to sign Coutinho were unsuccessful but the Catalonians did succeed in signing Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund.
Klopp spoke to the German media about Barca’s pursuits of Coutinho and Dembele with the Liverpool coach back in his homeland for a testimonial game at Mainz for Nikolce Noveski.
“We have our situation and Dortmund has another,” he said to German media outlet SPORT1.
“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.
“Dortmund decided the player (Dembele) would leave them, so I cannot compare the two situations.
“We still have a really good player in the squad who can play.”
Liverpool face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City this week and although Klopp has confirmed that Coutinho will be a part of his plans this season, it’s uncertain if the Brazilian will feature for the Reds as early as next weekend.
Despite Coutinho’s frankly embarrassing efforts to leave the club this summer, I think it’s great for Liverpool’s chances of success that he is still available to Klopp.
It will take some time for supporters to get over this saga but much like Luis Suarez, if Coutinho performs on the pitch and takes the Reds on a league title run, all will be forgotten in the end.