Jürgen Klopp will hold talks with Philippe Coutinho to inform him that there is no chance of the Brazilian moving to Barcelona this summer, writes Chris Bascombe.
Liverpool’s best player is undoubtedly Philippe Coutinho, with the Brazilian last season topping the club’s goalscoring charts with 14 strikes in all competitions.
Keeping Coutinho on the books this summer is of the utmost importance and Klopp is personally doing his best to ensure that Liverpool don’t lose their influential no.10.
Although Coutinho is by all accounts very happy with his life on Merseyside, the Brazilian will be very taken with Barcelona’s interest and, as Bascombe puts it, “Klopp’s man-management skills will be required” to ensure that Coutinho stays put.
Liverpool’s stance on the matter is that although they know that interest from Barcelona or other clubs will crop up sooner and/or later, selling him this summer is not an option.
With Champions League football all but certain to return for the 2017/18 season, Liverpool have too much to lose by selling their best player this transfer window.
Klopp insists that Liverpool are not a selling club and that Coutinho is not for sale.
On Coutinho the German said: “Yes, you can say he is not for sale,” said Klopp. “But that’s not since this morning or yesterday, it’s not been any different. Phil is a very important player for us.”
Although Barcelona are sure to return with a new bid, Liverpool will likely reject whatever the Catalonians have to offer.
Losing Coutinho this summer cannot be outweighed by any bid that Barcelona come in with. It’s unlikely that the no.10 will leave the club this summer as Liverpool gear up for Klopp’s second full campaign in charge.