Liverpool fans are incredibly insecure when it comes to big clubs sniffing around, looking to sign their best players and it seems Jürgen Klopp could put these insecurities to bed.
In recent years, Liverpool has seen Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres and Xabi Alonso, among others, leave the club for greener pastures. It has seen a vacuum effect insofar as the world class talent that was once on Merseyside is concerned.
Under Klopp, there seems to be a resurgence in the quality of players that are on Merseyside with the likes of Sadio Mané and Jöel Matip arriving last summer. Although Ragnar Klavan has struggled, Loris Karius has battled with the frenetic pace of the league and Grujic has been injured for most of the season, Gini Wijnaldum was an astute signing, arriving for £25 million.
It should come as a massive boost for Liverpool fans that Jürgen Klopp has absolutely no intention of selling Philippe Coutinho. Although Sadio Mané won Liverpool’s Player of the Season award, there is no denying that the club’s most talented player is Coutinho.
Coutinho only signed a new £150,000-a-week deal in January, committing his future to the club for the long term and Klopp isn’t looking to cash in on the Brazilian anytime soon.
“What our owners say is there is the absolute opportunity not to sell anybody if we do not want to.
“That means we can bring in others players, and it is a good situation.
“We have a stable squad with a good basis. We want to bring a few in with fresh blood but nobody will leave us without our say so I am completely relaxed about this.”
There are some who might say this is just a way for Klopp to maximise the fee that Liverpool can demand, but I believe that Coutinho will be wearing Red next season.
Liverpool’s ideal attacking lineup features Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané and already, despite there being a few games left of the season, reports are plentiful, linking Klopp with the signatures of new forwards to bolster the forward line.
For example, Mohamed Salah was reported this week by Goal as being on Klopp’s shortlist with Julian Brandt unwilling to leave Bayer Leverkusen with game time his main priority ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
Before any of this becomes a reality for Liverpool, however, two monumental games against West Ham and Middlesbrough await. Two wins guarantee Champions League football next season and this is Klopp’s main priority right now.