Following a disappointing but oddly familiar draw at Watford, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had to turn his attention to the elephant in the room.
The proverbial figure in question is Philippe Coutinho, the wantaway Brazilian attacker who did not feature in the 3-3 finish at Vicarage Road.
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Klopp has been adamant that Liverpool is not a selling club, but struck an ominous chord when asked about Coutinho’s absence. He said he hasn’t thought much about Coutinho today because Liverpool had a match — fair enough — but that was after offering these words from The Liverpool Echo:
“I cannot say a lot about it. I am responsible for the whole team. The reasons why the players are not available, I cannot have an influence on it. I have to accept decisions from owners, that’s how it is. Sometimes players. That is how it is. I am just concentrating on my team.”
As for the loss, the Reds twice went down before claiming a 3-2 lead in admirable fashion.
That’s the silver lining of a black cloud which saw the Reds concede twice from set pieces including Miguel Britos’ controversial stoppage time equalizer.
Here are a few fairly dismissive comments from Klopp (granted it’s the first match of the season!).