Jurgen Klopp admits he is unsure of what the future holds for Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilian was the subject of a summer-long pursuit by Barcelona, who were left frustrated after seeing three bids rejected by Liverpool.
Speculation linking Coutinho to the Catalans has since refused to die down and the Reds are bracing themselves for another determined approach when the transfer window re-opens in January.
Discussing Coutinho’s future, Klopp told the Liverpool Echo: “I’ve no clue. We will see. We don’t talk about things like this.”
“Can you imagine what it would be like if it was like this and I said: ‘Yes, we have an agreement.’ In this moment the 100% truth is that nobody thinks about this. We don’t talk about it, why should we?”
“What I can say, in general as a club, and how I understand it, we have to still create a situation where players want to be part of it with all they have.”
“In this moment, we have this. Nobody thinks about January, nobody thinks about June or July.
“Everyone wants to now be part of this but there will come transfer windows and we will see what happens.”
“I always said if players come (to us) early enough then always we will find a solution, that’s not a problem.”
“We have to do as a club everything until the players give me signs that they are somewhere else or whatever.”
It’s unlikely owners Fenway Sports Group would sanction such a high-calbre sale half way through the campaign, especially having resisted an offer worth up to £118million in the summer.
Despite returning to action in admirable fashion, Coutinho’s ambitions to play for Barcelona won’t have disappeared and a future move remains firmly on the cards
Klopp’s dismissal of the talk, however, suggests Reds have good reason to expect to see the No.10 at Anfield at least until the end of the season.
The playmaker has unfinished business on Merseyside and finds himself in arguably the most important year of his career.