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Klopp has issues with 'timing' of Coutinho's Barca transfer request

Klopp has issues with 'timing' of Coutinho's Barca transfer request
From ESPN - August 11, 2017

Jurgen Klopp has said that the "timing" of Philippe Coutinho's request to leave Liverpool makes it even more out of the question.

Coutinho, 25, has been the subject of two Barcelona bids so far this summer -- both rejected by the club -- and according to an ESPN FC source, the Brazil international handed in a transfer request on Friday.

Both Klopp and the club's executives have continued to insist that the player is not for sale, with the German boss telling the Liverpool Echo that the process for a move did not start early enough.

"I had to sell a lot of players in my managerial career," Klopp said.

"Some had clauses, some had no clauses. We had the [Robert] Lewandowski thing [at Dortmund] 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.

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