Liverpool are now on their longest unbeaten run under Jurgen Klopp after their late 2-1 win over Burnley on New Years Day.
It’s been 16 games since the Reds tasted defeat and they managed to secure the win at Turf Moor without either of Mohamed Salah or Philippe Coutinho.
Sadio Mane opened the scoring for the red half of Merseyside and Liverpool found their winner from the unlikely source of Ragnar Klavan. The Estonian international is the first man from his country to score in England’s top-flight and that’s the 97th different country to score in the Premier League.
Liverpool sit comfortably inside the top four at present a good six points clear of Arsenal behind them and only three points back from Chelsea in second place.
But, despite all of their good work, everyone is talking about Coutinho’s potential big-money move to Barcelona.
The Catalan giants are still clearly obsessing over the former Inter Milan man and seem determined to land him sooner or later.
However, one day before the opening of the January transfer window, Nike – Barcelona kit manufacturers and Coutinho’s personal sponsor – made a huge mistake on their official website.
They advertised Coutinho as a Barcelona player and encouraged fans to purchase the club shirt with his name on the back. It left fans wondering if Nike knew something that no one else did.
Klopp was not one of those people. Speaking after Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Burnley on New Year’s Day, a dismissive Klopp said: “I heard about it. I couldn’t be less interested in anything in the world.
“But somebody told me and I thought ‘wow’. Top story.”
You have to laugh at Klopp sometimes, and not in a bad way. While Nike hasn’t moved to explain their error, it is laughable more than anything else.
Klopp is clearly focusing on business at the moment and while he has Liverpool in the form that he has, he’ll want to keep his unit together at least for the current season.
Coutinho is unlikely to kick up a fuss is he is made to wait for the summer transfer window, either.