By Okeowo Oladapo
Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has branded as “nonsense” speculations linking Liverpool with a January move for Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
When asked about the story during the press conference ahead of his side’s game against Manchester City, Klopp was unequivocal in his ruling out any chance of a move for the midfielder. He said: “usually I don’t say anything about transfer rumours, but I can make an exception. This is nonsense.”
“It’s really not interesting what I think about this. You [the media] are already on a path so do with it what you want but from our side – nothing else to say about it.”
“My English isn’t good enough to use different words. So I say again, if we think a player can help us in January, February, March, April and May, maybe then yes we will do something.
“I’m not sure it will be important for us this year.
On Coutinho and Matip
According to Klopp, Coutinho and Matip would not be available for the Manchester City game. He said the game is too early for Coutinho while Matip is still recovering from the ankle injury he picked up.
Coutinho has not played since he suffered ankle ligament damage during the win over Sunderland at the end of November and has missed six games where the team picked up three wins and a draw. Klopp, however, says he would not be rushing the creative midfielder back.
When asked, he replied: “No, but he’s in a good way. The City game for sure is too early, pretty sure the Sunderland game is too early too.”
Klopp insisted his past performances against Pep are irrelevant as Liverpool is not Dortmund neither is Manchester City Bayern Munich.