Coutinho: Klopp insists that Liverpool will not sell Brazilian
Barcelona are keen on the Brazilian as a replacement for Neymar, but Jürgen Klopp insists that Liverpool have no plans to sell the flamboyant playmaker.
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp said midfielder Philippe Coutinho would not be sold at any price, as British media reported the club had rejected a second bid worth €100m from Barcelona.
Klopp: 'Liverpool do not have to sell players'
Barcelona had already been rebuffed last month in an €80m bid for the 25-year-old, who joined Liverpool from Inter Milan in 2013.
The 24-time Spanish league champions increased the offer to €85m plus €15m in add-ons, but Liverpool have rejected the second bid, maintaining their stance that the player is not for sale, according to the reports.
"Liverpool is not a club that has to sell players. That is set in stone. So what they offer in the end doesn’t matter," Sky Germany quoted Klopp as saying.
"From a financial standpoint, there is no price limit to let him go. No price at which we are ready to give in. Our goal is to have the best possible team. So we want to keep our guys and add new ones. That is our plan."
Barcelona keen on Coutinho and Dembélé
The Merseyside club's position on the Brazil international, who was a key player in Klopp's squad last campaign, is boosted by Coutinho's signing of a new five-year contract last season.
Media reports indicate that Barcelona are targeting Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund's Ousmane Dembélé as replacements for Brazil forward Neymar, who joined Paris St Germain last week for a world record transfer fee of €222m.