Friday 22 September 2017

Jurgen Klopp comes out fighting and insists Liverpool won't give in on Philippe Coutinho

Jurgen Klopp (left) is determined to hold on to Philippe Coutinho (right).
Jurgen Klopp (left) is determined to hold on to Philippe Coutinho (right).

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists there is no bid that will persuade the club to sell Philippe Coutinho.

Barcelona are understood to have had a follow-up offer of around £90million for the Reds playmaker rejected on Wednesday, having already seen a £72million bid turned down last month.

Klopp has been firm in his stance that the Brazil international is not for sale.

And the manager was quoted on Thursday as telling Sky in Germany: "From a financial standpoint there is no price limit to let him go. A price at which we are ready to give in.

"Our goal is to have the best possible team so we want to keep our guys and add new ones. That is our plan.

"Liverpool is not a club that has to sell players. That is set in stone. So what they pay in the end doesn't matter."

Barca have plenty of money to spend, having sold Coutinho's compatriot Neymar to Paris St Germain for a world-record £200.6million last week.

Coutinho, who joined Liverpool from Inter Milan for £8.5million in 2013, signed a new five-year deal with the Merseyside outfit in January that did not include a buy-out clause.

The 25-year-old was their leading scorer with 14 goals in all competitions last term, a season that saw Klopp's men secure a fourth-placed finish in the Premier League.

Liverpool open their 2017-18 campaign with Saturday's league clash against Watford at Vicarage Road and there are doubts over whether Coutinho will be available for the match, with him having been receiving treatment this week for a back issue.

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