Jurgen Klopp addressed the media today ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League opener vs. Norwich City, talking about Sadio Mane’s fitness, Naby Keita’s future with the team and, of course, the transfer deadline day.
Notably, Klopp was asked whether the team was trying to make a move on Philippe Coutinho or not, as the Brazilian was linked with a move to Arsenal, Tottenham or Liverpool.
However, the German boss refused to comment on the matter, but let the door open for people to speculate that there were, in fact, conversations between both parties to get Coutinho back:
“To part one of your question, no answer. How we deal with things like this in the past gives us the opportunity to say nothing. We don’t make big comments on these things. It’s not really likely (Liverpool signs any player) so if you have something to do I think you should go to Everton. I think they are busier. But we will see,” Klopp claimed while laughing with the press.
The Reds have been really quiet during the transfer window so people still expect them to pull off a last-minute deal to reinforce this squad, but Klopp didn’t seem worried about the team’s depth and lack of new faces:
“Our transfer window was checking options and thinking about it. That’s how we do it always. If nothing happens, it was because the decision was not the right option for us. We will not make signings just for making signings. That makes no sense,” he concluded.
Liverpool is coming off one of the best seasons in club history and Klopp looks comfortable with the squad they’ve put together, but there are still some growing concerns about the team’s ability to compete this year following a tough preseason.
As for Coutinho, it seems like his time with Barcelona is coming to an end, but the clock is ticking and there are just a few minutes until the closing of the transfer window, so the Reds must hurry up if they really want him back.