Klopp provides updates on Coutinho after Liverpool’s opening day draw; Paul Pogba tells Manchester United what they must do to be big again; Arsene Wenger stresses need for Arsenal to improve defence.
Jurgen Klopp expects Liverpool bosses to deny Philippe Coutinho a move to Barcelona
Jurgen Klopp insists he will have little say on Philippe Coutinho’s future but he is expecting his Liverpool bosses to stand firm and block the Brazilian’s bid to leave.
The playmaker submitted a transfer request via email on the eve of the new Premier League season after the Reds rejected a £90million bid from Barcelona for his services.
Even after receiving Coutinho’s request, Klopp does not think FSG will alter their stance.
Asked if the transfer request changed anything, Liverpool’s German manager said: “You have to ask the club. I didn’t see the club today – those people. You have to ask them. But I don’t think so because I think it was pretty clear what the club, FSG, said about it.”
Klopp, speaking after his side drew 3-3 with Watford in their opening game of the season, said the decision was one for FSG and he would have to accept either outcome.
“I can say something that is maybe a more important thing,” Klopp added. “As a manager of a football club I have bosses, and if bosses decide, for example, just in general, to 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’m responsible for all players, not just one, two or three.
Former Inter Milan player Coutinho, who joined Liverpool from the Serie A side for £8.5million in 2013, signed a new five-year deal in January that did not include a buy-out clause.
Paul Pogba tells Manchester United what they must do to be big again
Paul Pogba has outlined what must happen to make Manchester United ‘big’ again.
United have gone without a Premier League title since 2013 – Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season at Old Trafford.
They won the EFL Cup and Europa League last season in Jose Mourinho’s first campaign at the helm.
But Pogba – a world-record signing last summer – says United need to do more to consider themselves back at elite level.
“We are Manchester United and we want to get back to being the big Manchester United,” he told Sky Sports.
“We want to win more trophies and do better in the Premier League and we’re obviously happy to be back in the Champions League. We’re here to do great things.
Arsene Wenger stresses need for Arsenal to improve defence
Arsene Wenger has stressed the need for Arsenal to work on their defensive play as every dropped point will cause major setbacks in the race for the Premier League title.
The Gunners got the 2017-18 season underway with a thrilling encounter with Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on Friday.
Two goals were scored in the first five minutes – one apiece – and ultimately Arsenal came from 3-2 down to win 4-3 with two late strikes.
Wenger told Sky Sports News after the game: “Going forward and character-wise we have been great. We had some avoidable goals which we conceded and overall we have to work on that.
“I don’t know how good everyone will be. There are six or seven teams who can win and it makes it interesting. Every point you drop can cost you a lot.”
Up next for Arsenal is a trip to Stoke City in the league on Saturday, August 19.