July 23, 2018

Philippe Coutinho 'not for sale' this summer: Liverpool

12 August 2017, 12:41 | Regina Holmes

GETTYSteven Gerrard reckons Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool will finish above Manchester United

Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool's owners Fenway Sports Group released a short but forthright statement on Friday (11 August) confirming that they will not entertain any further offers from Barcelona or indeed any club for Coutinho.

The Brazil global is reportedly a key target for Barcelona, who is said to be ready to pay in excess of £100million to bring him to Camp Nou.

Having swiftly turned down two bids from the Catalan club for the Brazil worldwide - the last of which totalled €100 million - Fenway Sports Group have supported Jurgen Klopp's repeated insistence that the 25-year-old is not for sale this summer at any cost.

Barcelona have reportedly "made initial moves" to sign Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen after Liverpool rebuffed their approaches for Philippe Coutinho.

The Reds said earlier that the player is not for sale and will remain at the club when the summer transfer window closes.

Soon after the press conference, reports emerged that Coutinho had handed in a transfer request.

"I try not to pay too much respect to the players I am playing against", the Liverpool academy graduate said.

"Liverpool is not a club that needs to sell. They played some incredible football past year and had just a couple of problems", he told DAZN.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has always maintained that Coutinho, who signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract in January, will not be sold under any circumstances.

Coutinho remains the subject of avid interest from Barcelona as the La Liga giants aim to replace Neymar, who moved to Paris Saint-Germain for a staggering €222 million last week.

Klopp explained that while Liverpool's stand-out performers "are young" and "have to prove their quality in the Premier League", their performances mean he has "to make hard decisions" as to who is included in the 18-man match-day squad.

To this point, Liverpool has managed to complete the transfer of Andy Robertson, Dominic Solanke, and Mohamed Salah this summer, with the latter drafted in for £34mil plus add-ons - a record-breaking fee for the club. No price at which we are ready to give in.

"When FSG say something like this it is 100 per cent clear", said Klopp.

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