Jürgen Klopp has warned Barcelona after their massive bid for the midfielder that Liverpool are not a selling club and that the Brazilian is going nowhere.
James Pearce confirmed this morning that Liverpool rejected a £72 million bid for Coutinho after various outlets touted the possibility last night.
The news that such a massive bid for the no.10 was rejected falls directly in line with signs that Klopp wants to achieve big things at Liverpool and clearly sees Coutinho as being key to his plans.
Coutinho scored 14 goals in all competitions last season and is a vital cog in Klopp’s geggenpressing machine but the German clearly has other big plans for this Liverpool side.
With Mohamed Salah already having signed for the Reds in a £36.9 million deal from AS Roma and Liverpool submitting huge bids for Naby Keïta, it’s clear that Klopp is doing all he can to improve his side.
What Klopp won’t be doing, however, is selling his best players and that transfer strategy starts from the very top with Philippe Coutinho.
On his star player, Klopp said: “Yes (he is not for sale), but that’s not since this morning or yesterday, it’s not been any different.
“Phil is a very important player for us. He’s trying to get back his rhythm but there’s no doubt about his quality. He’s very smart both offensively and defensively.
“The nice news for us is that he’s still young. He has improved a lot since I’ve been here and he can still improve a lot.”
And the German is adamant that Liverpool won’t be selling their best players due to pressure from other clubs.
Klopp continued: “I’m not surprised that any club is interested in players at Liverpool. The very important message is that we are not a selling club and that’s how it is.
“We believe in working together and developing together. We want to make the next step together and for this, we need to stay together.
“We have to create a situation where everybody is easily able to see which direction we want to go. It’s really positive. This is a fantastic club and it’s a good moment for Liverpool.”
With Klopp insisting that Liverpool won’t be selling their best players anytime soon, all that remains then is to recruit new players that will fit in perfectly at Anfield.