The Reds boss explains that Liverpool are out of time to find a replacement for Coutinho.
The German tactician insists that he has no time for Coutinh’s transfer request, because the 25-year-old has left the club with less than 20 days to find a potential replacement. The Brazilian handed in a transfer request via email at 1PM yesterday, but the Reds appear firm on their stance that he will not be leaving the club.
Speaking to Liverpool Echo, Klopp said:
“I had to sell a lot of players in my managerial career,
“Some had clauses, some had no clauses. We had the (Robert) Lewandowski thing and that was difficult when he went to Bayern on a free transfer. A lot of different things.
“The only thing I can say about this is that in life everything is about timing – whichever club asks early enough.
“It’s like how we try to do it. If we ask early enough, we try to do it. If you ask early enough, you can either switch the plan of whatever. But you cannot come up, close to the start of the season and things like this.
“It’s like I said: the club is bigger than anybody. That is the most important thing. It’s about doing it in the right moment. It’s how we do it when we want to bring players in.
“Most of the other clubs won’t come to us and say ‘by the way, we have a good player, do you want to buy him?’
“It is about timing. That is how I understand it. And that is all I have to say. Maybe everybody has a price – in the right moment. In the wrong moment? No price.”