Philippe Coutinho is not for sale no matter what this summer, despite interest from Barcelona.
The last few days have been filled with reports speculating about Philippe Coutinho’s future and although many of the sources have lacked credibility, fans have been very worried.
Last season, Coutinho was the club’s top goalscorer after notching 14 strikes despite missing a large portion of the season through injury. He also provided 9 assists for teammates.
In positive news for supporters, two reliable Liverpool journalists report this evening that the Brazilian maestro is going nowhere despite interest from Barcelona.
Melissa Reddy writes for Goal, “Liverpool insist Philippe Coutinho is not on the market as Barcelona attempt to intensify their pursuit of the Brazil international.”
A £72 million bid from Barcelona for Coutinho has already been rejected and the Reds intend to send the Catalans packing regardless of what they offer.
James Pearce also reports that there is no chance that Coutinho will be joining Barcelona this summer.
The Echo reporter writes, “Despite reports in Spain that Coutinho’s representatives have agreed personal terms with Barcelona, Liverpool remain relaxed and their position is unchanged.
“They rejected the La Liga outfit’s initial offer of £72million last week and they will snub whatever improved bid is tabled.”
Pearce cites Coutinho’s relaxed demeanour and the fact that he went about training at the Reds’ Rottach-Egern training camp with aplomb as indications that the Brazilian is not agitating for a move.
Liverpool absolutely need Coutinho heading into the 2017/18 season with the Brazilian without a doubt the best player in Jürgen Klopp’s side.
The German signed Mohamed Salah from AS Roma for £36.9 million last summer and with that shrewd bit of business, ensured that Liverpool have one of the best attacking lineups going into the new season.
This, however, changes significantly if Coutinho leaves. Thankfully, the Brazilian looks set to stay after signing a new deal back in January.