Thursday 22 February 2018

Jurgen Klopp highlights what Liverpool must do to keep Philippe Coutinho at Liverpool and away from Barcelona

Jurgen Klopp and Philippe Coutinho
Jurgen Klopp and Philippe Coutinho
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Coutinho caught the eye once again while on international duty with Brazil in recent days, sparking rumours of a move from Barcelona to snap up the 24-year-old playmaker next summer.

Yet Klopp is convinced he is creating an environment at Liverpool that will encourage top players to stay, as he offered up these comments when quizzed about Coutinho’s future.

“It’s about us, it’s about the club. The owners are not a problem so it’s about creating the perspective that nobody wants to leave,” stated Klopp.

“If a club can pay double what we pay, who am I to say to the player not to think of their kids or grandkids? But there are not a lot of clubs who can do this.

“I’m not worried about anything. The players like to be here. It’s our job to keep it likes this.

“You say now he’s the player you’ve dreamed of. But he’s now at an age where the skills and experience gives more consistently. With the team-mates he’s getting better. It’s only just started, it’s not finished.”

Klopp also insisted he was confident of keeping Daniel Sturridge at Liverpool, despite a fresh round of rumours suggesting the England forward wanted to leave the club after he slipped down the pecking order at Anfield.

“My opinion is very good about Daniel. It never changed,” Klopp said. “He is a wonderful football player.

“He came back (from England duty) and was happy to see us again. I could see it in his face. That’s a good sign.”

AC Milan are the latest club rumoured to be interested in Sturridge, with a host of Premier League clubs likely to join the rush to sign the striker who is no longer a first choice starter at Liverpool.

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