Philippe Coutinho's Future At Liverpool is Uncertain—He Could Be Gone As Early As January

Jurgen Klopp has revealed that "nothing" convinces him Philippe Coutinho will still be a Liverpool player by February, but insists his attention is currently elsewhere.

Liverpool faces Spartak Moscow at Anfield on Wednesday (December 6) in the final group game of the Champions League. Victory or a draw would see Liverpool progress but if Klopp's team drops points and Sevilla beats Maribor, the Premier League club would drop to second in the group.

Coutinho is likely to start at Anfield as one of Liverpool's most influential players, but question marks over his future at the club have arisen again with the January transfer window approaching.

Asked what makes him sure Coutinho would still be at Liverpool in February, Klopp said: "Nothing, but I don't think about it. Not one second. I'm not unsure, I'm not sure, I don't think about it."

The Brazilian playmaker reportedly handed in a transfer request in the summer after Barcelona had shown strong interest in signing him. Liverpool is said to have rejected both Coutinho's request and offers from the La Liga club that reached around £134 million.

Coutinho made clear his desire to move to the Camp Nou as a replacement for Neymar Jr. whose £199 million transfer to Paris Saint-Germain broke the world record. Barcelona paid £90 million to Borussia Dortmund to sign Ousmane Dembele but retained an interest in Coutinho.

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Philippe Coutinho at Amex Stadium, Brighton, England, December 2. Coutinho requested a transfer away from Liverpool in the summer. Dan Istitene/Getty

"No one knows what will happen in a nice and calm January transfer window [with] all the teams around the world," Klopp added, as quoted by Sky Sports. "It's nice from the outside view."

Klopp will likely be interested in completing some business of his own when the transfer window reopens for a month on January 1. The German manager was keen to sign Dutch center back Virgil van Dijk from Southampton but the south coast club refused to sell.

But although Liverpool's defensive record has improved in recent weeks—it has conceded just three times in the last six Premier League games while scoring 19 goals—reinforcements are clearly needed.

Against Brighton on Saturday, Klopp fielded a back-three in defense that included central midfielder Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum, a midfielder whose qualities are in the opposition's box rather than his own.