Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp seems to have admitted Philippe Coutinho is set to join Barcelona after admitting he’s not the main man in charge of transfers.
The Brazil international has been strongly linked with the Catalan giants for much of this summer after their interest grew since the sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.
Barca see Coutinho as the ideal heir to Andres Iniesta in that creative midfield role, with the 25-year-old emerging as one of the top attacking players in Europe during his time at Anfield.
There have been slightly differing reports over Coutinho during the last few days, with some suggesting he’s edging closer to a move to the Nou Camp after agreeing personal terms, though Liverpool look determined not to sell.
That seems at odds with Klopp’s latest quotes on the matter, however, with the German sounding pessimistic in his assessment of the situation after today’s game against Watford.
‘I have to accept decisions from owners (on transfers). Sometimes players. That is how it is,’ Klopp said after the match.
It has previously been reported that while the German would ideally like to keep Coutinho, he is at odds with those above him over the deal.
If Coutinho does move to Barcelona he is likely to become the second most expensive player in history, costing over £100million.
Liverpool 2017/18 Fixtures
1899 Hoffenheim (A) – Tues Aug 15
Crystal Palace (H) – Sat Aug 19
1899 Hoffenheim (H) – Wed Aug 23
Arsenal (H) – Sun Aug 27
Man City (A) – Sat Sep 9
Burnley (H) – Sat Sep 16
Liverpool will be aware that the La Liga side have plenty to spend after PSG met their £199m release clause to poach Neymar from them earlier this summer.