Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Why Barcelona won't get their way with Coutinho or Dembele

Why Barcelona won't get their way with Coutinho or Dembele

The Brazil worldwide was missing with a back injury, according to Liverpool, although he might not have been in the right frame of mind to play anyway after handing in a transfer request on Friday in light of interest in the playmaker from Barcelona.

Reds boss Klopp was furious that Miguel Britos wasn't ruled offside when the Watford defender poked home from on the goal-line after Richarlison's shot was pushed onto the crossbar by Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

With Barton certain that Philippe Coutinho will leave Liverpool amid Barcelona's interest, he doesn't hold much hope for Klopp or Liverpool should they lose their "magician".

"I have a bit [of sympathy] for him, he's not a bad kid". That decide, for example, just in general, if we sell a player or we don't sell him. "We created two or three chances to score and this is the way we have to carry on and play".

"The only thing I can say about this is that in life everything is about timing - whichever club asks early enough".

"It's always been his dream to play for Barcelona, and the kid is panicking thinking he will not get his move if he doesn't go now". "I had to prepare for a match (watch from 6:00 below)".

Liverpool travel to Vicarage Road to face Watford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, and are favourites to pick up all three points in their season opener.

"We knew that before, of course, but after this game, we have a lot of things to do". So how it change something for me?

"You have to ask them".

Watford began the encounter impressive by giving the Reds flurry of attacks before a defensive gaffe gave them the first goal in the 8th minutes through Stefano Okaka.

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool defended the majority of set pieces "really well" in the 3-3 draw at Watford on Saturday, but admitted his side still need to improve on them after conceding from two corner kicks.

"I think it's a fair result".

Coutinho sent in a transfer request by email after Liverpool turned down Barcelona's second offer of £90.4m on Wednesday night. Liverpool's defending on Watford's other goal, which was swept home by Abdoulaye Doucouré after Sadio Mané had equalised for Liverpool, was also desperately poor.

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