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Lynette Rowe
August 13, 2017

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he will "have to accept" it if Philippe Coutinho leaves but expects the club owners to refuse to sell the player.

Asked about Coutinho's transfer request, which was emailed to Michael Edwards, Liverpool's sporting director, Klopp said: "I didn't get it but I can say something that is maybe more important".

"I had to sell a lot of players in my managerial career". The timing of the transfer request is what vexed Liverpool and it will be interesting to see whether they decide to keep an unhappy player or end up selling him for the right money. "If he doesn't come now, we're never coming back for him ever again.' So they're piling the pressure on and that's why Philippe's reacted", he told BT Sport.

'I'm responsible for all the other players, not just one, two, three.

"The only thing I can say about this is that in life everything is about timing - whichever club asks early enough. I work with the players I have - that is what I'm always doing". So how it change something for me?

"I have said what the club's decision is about this and now you can read it - that is maybe the only difference. I was not happy in the first half with the situation; it was very physical and Watford were too often the winners in these situations", he said.

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Serving an FA ban due to his misconduct charge with relation to betting, a club-less Barton was speaking to Talksport radio today ahead of Liverpool's opening Premier League fixture against Watford.

Coutinho was thought to be against the idea of agitating for the transfer and the club was rocked by his official request to join Barcelona. "I was not properly fit and I came back late and I got an injury - it was not ideal", he told the club's website.

"And I'll be part of that riot!"

As well as being unavailable for Liverpool's league campaign-opener at Vicarage Road, Coutinho is a doubt for Tuesday's Champions League qualifying play-off first leg against Hoffenheim in Germany.

The manager also revealed what he said to Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah to help the Reds' record signing turn his debut around after a less than impressive first half.

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