Jürgen Klopp has been told by Liverpool’s owners that all offers for Philippe Coutinho this summer are to be rejected, with Barcelona said to be lining up an improved bid for Liverpool’s number 10.
The Reds rejected a surprise £72m offer for Coutinho on Thursday and Klopp made it clear in his press conference on Friday that the player is not for sale and insisted that Liverpool ‘are not a selling club.’
Barcelona expected to increase bid for Philippe #Coutinho over the weekend after opening offer of €80m was rejected by Liverpool
— Ed Aarons (@ed_aarons) July 22, 2017
However, with Neymar said to be in talks to sign for PSG in a world record transfer, there is speculation that Coutinho is viewed as his direct replacement, with another Barcelona bid expected over the weekend.
FCB expect PSG to pay Neymar's buyout clause this week. Coutinho WAS not a target as he's similar. But now a new offer to LFC is on its way pic.twitter.com/If3DhpY2H1
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) July 21, 2017
Klopp is said to have held talks with Coutinho in Hong Kong on Friday night, where he told him he would be staying put this summer.
According to James Pearce in the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group have reassured Klopp that all offers for Coutinho would be rejected, as the Reds prepare for a hugely important season which will see them take part in the Champions League for the first time under Klopp.
Klopp: “Everything I say comes back from the owners.”
“Yes, I would say (he doesn’t have a price). It’s very clear. He’s not for sale. What else can I say?”
The Reds boss also expressed his shock at the chances of PSG signing Neymar for a fee said to be in the region of €222m.
“There are so many rumours around. Only one of them is the Coutinho rumour.”
“If Neymar is not a rumour then pffff it’s more than the next level, it’s really not from this planet anymore.
“Really? 222million Euros? I can’t believe that something like this would happen. But if it does happen then it changes everything actually.”
Coutinho took part in Liverpool’s open training session in Hong Kong on Friday and scored a stunner as the Reds were crowned 2017 Asia Trophy champions in Hong Kong against Leicester on Saturday.