Coutinho to miss Crystal Palace tie with 'back injury', confirms Klopp

“There’s no doubt about his importance” – Jurgen Klopp hails Liverpool match-winner Sadio Mane     

 Jack Lusby    

News19 August 2017

“There’s no doubt about his importance” – Jurgen Klopp hails Liverpool match-winner Sadio Mane Jack Lusby News19 August 2017

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits he is "still looking" in the transfer market.

Quizzed on whether there had been any recent talks at all, Klopp added: "I am not sure I have to answer this only because we have said what we have to say, or the club said what we have to say".

"But if we can't get him, we will stick with Emre Can, we have Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum, we do not think there is anything else out there that is that much better than what we have".

"Daniel, yes I would say he is available".

Barcelona are hopeful of pushing through deals to sign both Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho in the coming days as efforts to fill the gap left by the departed Neymar intensify.

The Reds have rejected two bids from Barcelona for Coutinho, who handed in a transfer request last week. "We can not forget that he is only 20 years old and nobody knows who is behind his actions".

"I don't know why other people are saying what they are saying; I don't even know them - especially this guy, I've never even met him".

"We played them a few weeks ago - but Phil and Zaha were on the pitch", Klopp said.

Reports in the Spanish press have suggested Coutinho would be willing to go on strike in order to push through a move to the Nou Camp.

Klopp was asked about the prospect of this and the Brazil international's general attitude.

Asked about the possibility of Coutinho arriving before Sunday's LaLiga opener against Real Betis, Valverde said: "I do not know".

"Sergio Aguero is another player that might be interested if he's not happy at Manchester City, but it comes back to being late in the window and that is the hard situation Liverpool find themselves in".

"It is not always easy for me to say the 100 per cent truth - even though I don't like to lie - but it is exactly how I say it because that is how it is in the moment, nothing else".

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