Philippe Coutinho won’t be sold by Barcelona this summer, says the club’s president, and this is good news for Liverpool fans.
The Brazilian joined the La Liga giants last January for a £142m fee and has struggled this season in a big way.
His lack of form and subsequent bench appearances have led to widespread claims that Barcelona might sell him but Josep Maria Bartomeu, the club’s president, has ruled that out.
“Coutinho is a great player, excellent, and he’s getting better and better,” Bartomeu said.
“It’s not easy to play at Barca, he was here for six months last season and he has the confidence of the coach, he’s a global player and we expect a lot from him.”
For Liverpool, this is oddly great news. Constant speculation over whether or not he could return to the club is hardly good press.
The Brazilian would likely be welcomed back by most fans but it wouldn’t send the right message to players currently at the club. It would promote stabbing the club in the back without any real consequences and this doesn’t seem like something Jurgen Klopp would stand for.
If Liverpool had no intention of re-signing him, it’s still great news as it means the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea can’t recruit him either.
With Liverpool at the top of the Premier League and likely to make it into the semifinals of the Champions League, the club is in as good a place as it could possibly.
Klopp has been a breath of fresh air since being hired in 2015 and is leading the Reds in the right direction.
Moving for Coutinho again would be like moving backwards when it’s really not necessary to do so.