The 25-year-old is seeking a move away with Anfield and secure a move to La Liga giants Barcelona
JURGEN KLOPP has reiterated Liverpool’s desire to keep Philippe Coutinho at the club amid Barcelona’s strong interest.
The 25-year-old has been the subject of three bids from the Catalan club, which the Reds have knocked back immediately.
Speaking after the 4-0 drubbing against Arsenal at Anfield, the former Borussia Dortmund boss revealed his Brazilian playmaker is not for sale.
He told Sky Sports: “It is not about confidence in this situation, it is about what the owners have said. That is the situation.
“There is no problem like this. You can imagine, if he had been a part of this game it probably would not have been worse huh?
“Today we had 11 outstanding individual performances.”
Coutinho has already handed in a transfer request in a bid to force through a move to the Nou Camp.
Barca have recently brought in Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele in for a whopping £138million – the second highest ever transfer ever after Neymar’s £198m switch to Paris Saint-Germain.
However despite the major acquisition, the Copa del Rey champions are still hoping to lure the ex-Inter Milan midfielder to Spain.
SunSport understands Ervnesto Valverde is lining up a fourth offer for his services – a whopping £136m bid to test Liverpool’s resolve over their prized asset.
Klopp wasn’t interested in talking about Coutinho’s future in his post-match interview, and instead lauded his side after thrashing the Gunners.
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He added: “After midweek games you have to reach the mountain immediately.
“You really feel it is intense, we wanted to force ourselves to be strong physically and that is what we were. We were really well organised.
“If you give Arsenal space and time you lose before the game starts so I don’t think they could do a lot of what they wanted, Arsenal, and that is all credit to the boys because they worked really hard.”
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