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Liverpool boss Klopp raps Barcelona GM Segura: Why are you saying that?!

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has again rubbished Catalan press reports of Barcelona being on the brink of signing Philippe Coutinho.

Barca GM Pep Segura gave a TV interview last night after their Supercopa defeat to Real Madrid and said: “We are close to Coutinho and Dembele. We are discussing their deals but do not know when it will be done."

But at today's press conference to preview Saturday's visit of Crystal Palace, Klopp said: “No reaction actually. I saw the game but forgot to watch the interviews afterwards so there's nothing to say from my side. I don't know why other people are saying what they are saying. I don't even know them."

Asked if discussions were taking place between the clubs, as Segura claimed, Klopp added: “I'm not sure I have to answer this because we have already said what we have to say. Nothing new. No news from me and nobody has told me anything different since the last time we spoke."

He also suggested that reports from Spain that Coutinho was prepared to go on strike to force through a move were wide of the mark.

He added: “I can't say anything about his attitude because since he has had a back problem he hasn't been in training. But when I asked the medical department about him they said nothing bad.

“We are all not silly. It's a difficult situation but there's nothing new to say.

“I don't like to lie and it's exactly how I say it. Nothing else."

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