Jurgen Klopp claimed the future of Philippe Coutinho was now out of his hands and a decision for the Liverpool board.
Coutinho lodged a transfer request on Friday in an attempt to force through a move to Barcelona who have seen a £90million bid rejected but seem unlikely to take no for an answer as they look to re-invest the £199m they received for Neymar.
‘I can say something that is maybe more important,’ said Klopp, when asked about the transfer request after his team conceded an equaliser in stoppage-time and drew 3-3 at Watford.
The Brazilian star lodged a transfer request in an attempt to force move through to Barcelona
‘As a manager of a football club I have bosses. And if the bosses decide, for example, just in general, if sell a player or we don’t sell him, then I have to accept it.
‘If they don’t sell him, then I’m not involved anymore. I am responsible for all of players, not just one, two or three. I cannot say anything about it. I work with the players I have, that is what I’m always doing.
‘So how does it change something for me? I didn’t make the decision.’
Liverpool’s American owners Fenway Sports Group issued a statement on Friday, before receiving Coutinho’s transfer request, to insist they would not sell the 25-year-old, who cost £8.5m from Inter Milan in January 2013.
Klopp is keen to keep hold of Coutinho but insists it is now a decision to be made by the board
‘I think it was pretty clear what the club, FSG, said about it,’ added Klopp. ‘At the moment I’m just concentrating on my team.’
Liverpool twice trailed at Watford but were leading with seconds to go when Miguel Britos scored in stoppage time to make it 3-3 and earn a share of the spoils.