Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has categorically dismissed Barcelona’s chances of luring star Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho this summer.
Barcelona are bracing for the exit of Neymar to PSG and have lined up Coutinho as one of several potential replacements.
Klopp has other ideas, though, and ruled out the possibility of allowing their prized asset to leave when speaking to the press in Germany ahead of an Audi Cup clash with Bayern Munich.
“If you say he is not available to be sold, where is the interpretation?” said Klopp, referring to previous comments on Coutinho’s future after Liverpool rejected a £72 million bid from Barcelona.
“The word ‘not’ means there is no interpretation. There is nothing new.”
Liverpool are preparing for their first shot at Champions League football in three years and will contest for the Premier League title, as confirmed by Jurgen Klopp, and need players such as Philippe Coutinho to play a key role in hope of living up to their ambition.
The Brazilian was Liverpool’s joint top-scorer in the Premier League last season alongside Sadio Mane, and added a further seven assists in 31 appearances.