Klopp expects Coutinho to stay

13 August 2017 06:34:41 EST

Jurgen Klopp expects Philippe Coutinho to stay at Liverpool this summer but will leave the decision with the club's owners.

The Reds boss spoke out after watching his side being held to a 3-3 draw at Watford in their opening Premier League game on Saturday lunch time.

Coutinho handed in a transfer request after Liverpool had turned down a 100 million euros offer from Barcelona to sign him.

I have to accept decisions from the owners, that's how it is, and sometimes from the players. At this moment I am just concentrating on my team.

Jurgen Klopp

The 25-year-old Brazilian midfielder, who missed the game at Vicarage Road because of a back injury, appears keen to move to the Camp Nou to replace his fellow compatriot Neymar following his 220million euros move to Paris Saint-Germain.

However, the Reds owners, Fenway Sports Group, have insisted he is not for sale, while Klopp is hopeful that they maintain that stance given that Coutinho is a big player in his plans for this season.

But the German tactician is well aware the situation could change and he will have to accept their decision.

Klopp told Sky Sports: "I am responsible for the whole team, all the players, so I need to be focused on the players who are available. The players who are not available, I have no influence over it.

"I have to accept decisions from the owners, that's how it is, and sometimes from the players. At this moment I am just concentrating on my team."

Liverpool, who are 66/1 to win the Premier League this season, are next in action on Tuesday when they travelt o face German Bundesliga side Hoffenheim in the Champions League qualifying play-off first leg.

The Reds are 33/20 to win, while Hoffenheim are priced at 19/10 and the draw is 23/10.

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