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Liverpool boss Klopp: Why would genius Coutinho want to leave us?

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he'll be surprised if any of his players are considering leaving.

Liverpool have spent the summer battling to retain the services of Philippe Coutinho, who submitted a transfer request in a bid to force through a move to Barcelona.

But Klopp said: “Can you imagine for a minute I am not a little bit interested about the problems or not of Barcelona?

“I will never talk about something I spoke about with a player. But you can imagine, in general, I think for each player Liverpool is a very good club, a very good team in the moment.

“We have a good age of the group. We have very young boys, experience - it's a good mix and we are on our way.

“I think we got rid of the expectations of 20 years ago and created our own expectations for all the people. They expect a lot from us because of what we did last season.

“I am fine with the situation and I am very positive about the project of Liverpool. I don't see a lot of reasons for each player to leave the club at the moment and that's just in general."

Klopp admits they missed Coutinho for last week's draw at Watford.

“Every team in the world would miss a creative player in whichever position of his quality. That's not too cool but I am already used to it. You cannot find exactly the same solution. That's how football works.

“If Phil could have had just one genius idea on the pitch that would have helped. Absolutely. That's all. But I can't work in my office, make a a line-up and say: 'Ahhh! And here we miss Phil'. That's not how it works.

“It's a situation in the moment and we have to take it like this. In Hoffenheim with the way they play I would have loved to have involved Adam Lallana. It's not always perfect timing and he would have changed the situation for us. When a good player is not available it's not good."

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