Liverpool have rejected a humongous £72 million bid for Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona as Jürgen Klopp wants to build a side around the little Brazilian.
James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo reports that despite Barcelona contacting Liverpool with an opening bid of €80 million (£72m), the Reds rejected the offer immediately.
On top of rejecting the Catalan club’s bid, Liverpool have informed them that Coutinho is not for sale at any price.
Klopp is looking to achieve great things with this Liverpool side and Coutinho remaining on Merseyside is absolutely crucial to the Reds’ chances of success, both domestically and in Europe.
It was only in January that Coutinho signed a new five-year contract with Liverpool, paying the no.10 £150,000 every week but the new deal does not include a release clause.
Coutinho was one of Liverpool’s best players last season, which comes as no surprise. The former Inter Milan player scored 14 goals in all competitions.
But the Brazilian is going nowhere and with Mohamed Salah on the books for the Reds now, Liverpool’s attacking lineup has only become more impressive.
With Salah and Sadio Mané’s pace up front, Coutinho’s superb passing will be all the more appreciated during the 2017/18 season as the Brazilian will have more runners to feed off his delightful through balls.
Klopp intends on using Coutinho as a no.8 for the 17/18 season, with his creative talents far more effective when he is utilised in central positions.
By playing Coutinho in the midfield, it will also afford Klopp the opportunity to play his best players all at once.
Salah, Firmino and Mané could be the Reds’ front three for many of their games next season and that is a frightening proposition when you have passers as talented as Coutinho and Jordan Henderson supporting them.
How do you expect Liverpool to lineup next season with a wealth of attacking options at Jürgen Klopp’s disposal?