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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insisted his players would not be distracted by the ongoing transfer saga surrounding Philippe Coutinho.

The Premier League club managed to keep the Brazil attacker from Barcelona in the off-season, but the La Liga giants are reportedly chasing Coutinho again in January.

Leaked Nike promotional material - which was seemingly offering fans the chance to buy a Barca shirt with Coutinho's name on the back - further fanned the flames but speaking to the media ahead of Friday's FA Cup clash with Merseyside rivals Everton, Klopp says all the chatter is not an issue for his players.

"They are professional football players. Sometimes they are in the middle of the story and sometimes they are sat next to the guy in the dressing room who is in the middle of the story," the German said.

"I am not interested in Barcelona. Sorry. What can I say about what they do?" he said.

"It is always the same. This year it is Phil. Another year it is somebody else. There is nothing to say until there is something to say. That is my position.

"What can I do? I cannot talk about this part of the game."


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