Philippe Coutinho Klopp plays down talk of Coutinho captaincy being Barcelona snub hint Jamie Smith 23:23 12/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Philippe Coutinho Liverpool Liverpool v Leicester City Leicester City Premier League Jürgen Klopp The Brazilian midfielder captaining Liverpool does not necessarily mean that he will be staying at the club, according to the man in charge at Anfield Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has played down Philippe Coutinho being given the captain’s armband in the absence of Jordan Henderson and James Milner.Coutinho continues to be strongly linked with a switch to Barcelona after the Catalan giants failed with an attempted move for the Brazilian in August.With club captain Henderson out with a hamstring injury and his deputy Milner benched, Coutinho captained Liverpool to a 5-0 demolition of Swansea City on Boxing Day and scored a delightful opening goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Coutinho has scored in three consecutive Premier League appearances to take his tally to 12 in all competitions this season, but Klopp played down the importance of the midfielder being given the captaincy, denying it is a hint Liverpool will be able to keep the 25-year-old throughout the January transfer window.”I don’t want to make the story less romantic but it’s how I said it – when Hendo [Henderson] and Milly [Milner] are not playing I have to look [for a captain],” Klopp told reporters on Friday. “Phil is long-serving, so he is captain.”I could say that if I give him the captaincy he’ll never leave or he’ll be happier, but that’s not how it works. The armband does different things, you can feel the lift or the pressure.”It didn’t disturb him, so it’s all good in the moment. It’s a good moment [for Coutinho], I’m not sure if the armband has a big influence, but he has played very well in the last couple of weeks especially. “It’s just an armband and not more. The job Hendo and Milly do in the dressing room is different. In England when you get the armband everyone tells you what you have to do. It’s important on the pitch, but not in the same way.”Liverpool Football Club can confirm they have reached an agreement with Southampton for the transfer of Virgil van Dijk.Full story: https://t.co/tJy9vsGOen pic.twitter.com/L17A7UwqaU— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 27, 2017Liverpool have already confirmed the signing of Virgil van Dijk, the Southampton centre-back set to join on January 1 for a world-record fee for a defender, widely reported to be £75 million.But Klopp insisted the price tag of the Netherlands international is not a concern, with Van Dijk’s arrival breaking the club-record fee agreed to bring Naby Keita to Anfield from RB Leipzig at the end of the season.”If you want to sign a player, the last thing I think about is the price,” Klopp added. “Not because I like throwing money around, but because we’re thinking about the player.”You either accept the price or you do not. It’s a big change in football and we have to adapt to it, that’s how it is. It doesn’t mean all transfers will be in this category but now we have a big transfer for a defensive player.”It’s not nice, but that’s the market and that’s the world – we have to adapt to it.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Oklahoma State made the ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 list for the opening week of college football. The Cowboys had many great plays in their 61-7 victory over Southeastern Louisiana. There were two, though, that stood out.Pokes with two plays on the @SportsCenter Top Ten, upsets all over the place… College football is back! #okstate— Matt Fletcher (@matt_fletch) September 4, 2016Those two plays were this circus touchdown pass to Jhajaun Seales: A great escape!Mason Rudolph with the elusive moves for this @CowboyFB TD.#Big12FB on FSN pic.twitter.com/KPi9AlNV8N— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) September 3, 2016And this crazy Devante Avarette-Ramon Richards defensive touchdown sequence :WATCH: Devante Averette with the strip, scoop and save to Richards on this wild #OKState TD!Watch #Big12FB on FSN pic.twitter.com/KF2rbCfhtt— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) September 3, 2016Watch the official ESPN Top 10 list tonight at 11:00 PM EDT on ESPN Watch or on College Football Final or on SportsCenter starting at 6 PM EDT. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.