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Klopp Will Accept Board Decision on Coutinho

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he will accept the decision of his bosses after Brazilian playmaker Phillipe Coutinho submitted a transfer request this weekend.

Liverpool have been unrepentant all summer that they were not willing to negotiate the player’s sale, after rejecting two bids from Barcelona.

On Friday, Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group released a short statement insisting that the player would not be sold at any price. Hours later, Coutinho submitted a formal transfer request.

Dejected Reds boss Klopp insists that he will accept the decision of FSG over the player’s future, with Barcelona set to come back to the Reds with a third bid. “I didn’t get it,” said Klopp of the transfer request at the weekend.

“But I can say something that is maybe a more important thing. As a manager of a football club I have bosses, and if bosses decide, for example, just in general, if we sell a player or don’t sell him then I have to accept it.

“If they don’t sell him, then I’m not involved anymore. I’m responsible for all of the players, not just one, two or three. I cannot say anything about it.

“The only thing is I work with the players I have — that is what I’m always doing. So how does [the request] change something for me? I didn’t make the decision.”


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