Philippe Coutinho

Klopp hints Coutinho’s Barcelona move may happen

What’s with Philippe Coutinho?

Friday was a whirlwind day in the Philippe Coutinho saga.

Things started with Liverpool posted an official update on the club’s website confirming that FSG will refuse to sell the Brazilian this summer.

But a short while after that statement was published, Coutinho submitted a formal transfer request to the club.

Coutinho missed Saturday’s 3-3 draw away at Watford with a reported back spasm. The South American is also a doubt for the midweek Champions League match against Hoffenheim.

At the same time, of course, Barcelona are looking to sign Coutinho following Neymar’s move to PSG.

Jurgen Klopp after Watford

Following the Watford draw, Jurgen Klopp was naturally asked about Coutinho’s future at Anfield.

The German boss will have unnerved fans, after he said the deal is is FSG’s hands. Klopp said he will “have to accept” it if Philippe Coutinho leaves the Reds.

Is that an indication that Klopp is readying himself for the worst case scenario?

Reports in Brazil

ESPN Brazil have picked up on Klopp’s latest comments, and they seem to be presenting the quotes as a signal the deal with Barca is happening.

The report states that is “no guarantee” Coutinho returns to play for Liverpool, after the midfielder “informed coach Jürgen Klopp of his decision to move to Barcelona”. In a killer sentence, ESPN Brazil report:

Coutinho no longer wants to play for Anfield.

UOL Esporte has also picked up on Klopp’s comments, and they tell their readers the Liverpool boss has “changed his speech” with regard to the “lost fight”.

Should the deal transpire, the big question for Klopp and LIverpool is who can they buy to replace Coutinho. Realistic options seem thin on the ground.