Despite reports in recent days, Liverpool aren’t interested in signing either of Andre Gomes or Rafinha as potential makeweights in a deal for Philippe Coutinho.
Philippe Coutinho is not for sale. That’s the message that Jürgen Klopp has communicated on a number of occasions now.
The Brazilian maestro is central to Klopp’s plans for the future with his vision, ability on the ball and knack for changing a game all aspects of his play that are cherished by the Liverpool manager.
James Pearce reports that despite what Spanish media might be reporting, Liverpool aren’t interested in signing Barcelona duo Andre Gomes and Rafinha as potential makeweights in a deal for Coutinho.
Not only is the Reds’ no.10 not for sale at any price this summer, neither Gomes nor Rafinha possess the requisite quality to “to enhance Klopp’s side.”
Liverpool beat Hertha Berlin 3-0 on Saturday and Coutinho started the game as captain. Many interpreted the Brazilian’s promotion to skipper for the friendly as a power play from Klopp amidst speculation of a move to Barca.
With just 10 days to go until the beginning of the Premier League season, Klopp is not about to sell Coutinho and risk jeopardising his squad’s chances of success this season.
The Reds have ambitions of Champions League success this summer and Coutinho will once again act as the club’s talisman during the 2017/18 season.
Liverpool take on Bayern Munich tonight in the Audi Cup and will test the Reds’ credentials heading into the new season. Tomorrow night, one of Atletico Madrid and Napoli will play the Anfield outfit in their last pre-season fixture in Germany.
Following that, Athletic Bilbao will face Liverpool in Dublin before a week’s training back in England will allow Klopp enough time to gear up for their first Premier League game of the season away to Watford.