Burnley - Jurgen
Klopp insists Philippe Coutinho was genuinely injured
for Liverpool's 2-1 win at Burnley as he
laughed off talk of the Brazil forward joining Barcelona.
Monday's Premier League fixture at Turf Moor with a thigh injury amid a
backdrop of speculation over a move to the Nou Camp in the January transfer
The rumours were
fuelled further by pictures - subsequently removed - of a Barcelona shirt with
Coutinho's name appearing on the website of Nike, the Catalan club's kit
manufacturer, over the weekend.
However, Reds boss
Klopp claims there was nothing untoward behind the 25-year-old's absence from
Liverpool's squad at Turf Moor as he responded to questions about the Nike
"I heard about
it. Somebody told me and I thought 'wow'. But I couldn't be less interested in
anything in the world!" Klopp said.
and Mohamed (Salah) are injured, not massively but enough for today, no chance
and at least a doubt for Everton."
Despite Coutinho and
Salah's absences, Estonia defender Ragnar Klavan scored a dramatic stoppage-time
winner for Liverpool after Johann Berg Gudmundsson had cancelled out Sadio
And Klopp was most
satisfied with the fortitude shown by his defence on a day when they might have
wilted against a dogged Burnley side.
"I am really
happy about our attitude and character," Klopp said.
"You need to win
your average games, win with attitude when you are not 100 percent.
"Burnley were an
opponent motivated at the highest level. We needed to be ready for the wind,
"It was cold and
you need first of all concentration, you need readiness to work really hard,
organisation, discipline and a little bit of luck. We deserved the three
"We need the wins
on the not sunny days. It was a fantastic moment when we scored. I was never in
doubt about the character of my boys."
Mane's goal was his
eighth of the season and Klopp praised the Senegal winger for his determination
when Liverpool's top players were missing.
unbelievably important for us," Klopp said.
"He is strong,
quick, so many things. He scores a goal like this and it is like 'wow!'. He
comes into the dressing room and the whole team gives him a hand.
"We need him, we
need him so much for all teams coming. I am happy because I had a lot of players
with moments where it wasn't clicking and he still scores."
Klopp also confirmed
he will show respect by allowing Mane and Egypt forward Salah to attend an
awards ceremony in Ghana this week.
The Liverpool duo are
to appear at the CAF Awards on Thursday, just 24 hours before the FA Cup third
round tie with Everton at Anfield.
"Yes, they will
go. We have everything organised. We have two of the three best African players
in our squad. We have to show them respect," said the German.
"If it had been a
matchday they wouldn't have asked, but the night before is fine. We sleep in a
hotel, they sleep in a plane. That is all the difference, the modern world.
"If Mo is not
fit, it will not be for that. For our side, it is just a sign of respect.
"I know it, I had
Aubameyang too, and there is nothing more important for them than to go there.
Burnley manager Sean
Dyche revealed his frustration with the result but could not fault the effort
of his players.
"I thought we had
done enough to earn another point," he said.
"So, I am
frustrated with a soft goal right at the end but impressed with the mentality
"We were superb
physically, tactically very good, particularly defensively so much to be
pleased with but to lose like that is a horrible feeling."