Jurgen Klopp was predictably asked about Barcelona man Philippe Coutinho in his first Premier League press conference of the 2019/20 season – but he refused to answer one way or the other regarding possible interest.
The German was asked directly if Barcelona had offered the Reds the chance to bring him back to Anfield, with reports suggesting that the talented midfielder would have been keen on returning.
Via Liverpool ECHO reporter Ian Doyle, Klopp said: “No answer. How we deal with things like this is we don’t make big comments.”
It wasn’t a ‘no’ – but it certainly wasn’t a ‘yes’, either. Klopp wouldn’t want to be making big transfer revelations the day before the new season begins.
Klopp was then asked about other potential deals that the club were pursuing before the 5pm transfer deadline.
As expected, he added: “Not really likely [that anything will happen]. [Journalists] should go to Everton – they are more busy!”
It’s been a quiet summer, and while many Reds supporters would have wanted someone to come in – be that Coutinho or another player entirely – Klopp’s judgement deserves to be trusted.
We would have loved Coutinho back at Anfield, but suspect Klopp might have been less keen to work with him again given how he forced his way out of the club.