Jurgen Klopp has dropped the biggest hint to date that Philippe Coutinho could indeed be sold by Liverpool.
Klopp has been defiant in his insistence that the Brazilian would not be sold this summer, but all of that was before his star player handed in a transfer request.
Coutinho is claimed to be unhappy at Liverpool’s treatment of him, despite being willing to leave the club on amicable terms.
Speaking after Liverpool is opening day draw with Watford this afternoon, Klopp has now seemed to suggest that Liverpool’s owners could agree to sell the playmaker.
“I cannot really say a lot about it. What I can say, in general, is that I am responsible for the whole team and I need to be focused on the players that are available.
“The reasons why players are not available i have no influence on it, so my job is, especially at the start of the season, I have to accept decisions from owners, that’s how it is, sometimes from players but in this moment I am just concentrating on my team”
Liverpool have already rejected two bids for Coutinho from Barcelona, the first of £72m, and the second of £90m.