Jürgen Klopp has addressed rumours circling that Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho could be on his way to FC Barcelona this summer.
Jürgen Klopp has sought to quell any fears Reds fans may have about Coutinho’s future by reaffirming that the playmaker “loves the club and feels comfortable.”
After rejecting a £72m bid from Barcelona, the German reportedly told Coutinho on Friday that no matter what offers came in for him, he would not be permitted to leave this summer.
How did Coutinho handle this news?
A goal and assist in a man of the match display against Leicester in the PL Asia Trophy final.
“Everyone knows that Phil Coutinho is a key player for us. I know that he feels completely more than fine, comfortable, whatever, in Liverpool,” Klopp said.
“He loves the club and the city – that’s clear. That he’s able to play like that tonight in a very difficult moment of the pre-season after all these sessions is good to see. That shows his big potential.”
Klopp did however refuse to discuss any details of his conversation with the player on Friday, responding: “Yes we have spoken but this is not for you.”
Turning his attention to the team performance as a whole, Klopp was ecstatic with the response he got from his players after they went 1-0 down courtesy of a bullet header from Leicester striker Islam Slimani.
“It’s been two hard games against difficult opponents so to win both games is a big thing. We don’t need to make it smaller than it is,” Klopp said.
“Everything was working as we wanted. Yes, we conceded a goal but the line up was my idea. It was clear that not everything in defence would work with these boys together. It had big offensive potential. “
“We scored two wonderful goals and then in the second half after the changes we were a bit wild going for the third goal and gave Leicester some opportunities on the counter attack. Yes, we want to create more chances but no risky passes.”
“At the moment it’s about showing up and getting fit. None of these boys need to convince me because I am already convinced. It’s about us helping them to get in the best shape we can.”