Barcelona to test Liverpool’s resolve over Coutinho

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FC Barcelona will return next week with an improved offer for Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho as they try to make him Neymar’s replacement. 

According to the Mirror, Liverpool are bracing themselves for a new offer for playmaker Philippe Coutinho from FC Barcelona this coming week.

The Catalans have already seen a £72m bid rejected and are willing to up their offer to £80m in an effort to test the Reds resolve.

Jurgen Klopp held a meeting with the Brazilian on Friday ahead of the Reds pre-season fixture with Leicester City to tell him that selling him would not even be considered this summer and that any offers would be turned down immediately.

“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.

I can say 20 times, he is not for sale.”

Klopp is said to have the owner’s backing this summer as he looks to rid the club of their ‘selling club’ tag and prove to the rest of the footballing world that Liverpool are here to stay when it comes to competing with Europe’s elite competition; both on the field and in the transfer market.

Sorry, Barca, Phil’s not for sale.

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