Defensive Woes Hurt Liverpool In Season Opener


Coutinho handed in a transfer request yesterday, with Barcelona having had two bids rejected for the Brazilian, the most recent of which totalled £90 million.

"They didn't create too much with the ball but of course they scored two goals and in a specific situation where everyone will say, "Oh, it was a set-piece", Klopp said, reluctantly recognising his side's fault.

It was furthered with FSG's definitive position that "no offers for Philippe will be considered and he will remain a member of Liverpool football club when the summer window closes".

"I have to accept decisions from owners, that's how it is, and sometimes from players, but for this moment I just have to concentrate on my team".

"I can't say anything about it, the only thing is I work with the players I have".

"I think Jurgen Klopp's got it under control, I think FSG have got it under control, and they're the key", he explained.

But Liverpool's US-based owners, Fenway Sports Group, insisted in a statement on Friday that Coutinho will not be allowed to leave Anfield at any price.

"I can not say anything about it, but I only work with the players I have".

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has submitted a transfer request, Press Association Sport understands. "There are a lot of things to work on".

In the press conference, Klopp was asked about trying to keep Coutinho happy.

Klopp has already said that Coutinho will not be fit for Liverpool's Champions League qualifier in Hoffenheim on Tuesday.

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The Hornets continued to pile on the pressure as they pushed for an equalising goal in the closing stages. They passed the ball in our box, we defended the first time but then struck the ball against our own legs so that makes it a little bit unlucky.

Coutinho did not feature for Liverpool in their Premier League opener against Watford on Saturday lunchtime due to injury. "All the rest is just between me and all the boys, not just Phil". He said: "I think Philippe Coutinho could well still be at Liverpool at the end of the transfer window".