Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp says Philippe Coutinho’s future lies with the Merseyside club following speculation linking the playmaker with a move away.
Coutinho, 24, has helped the Reds rise to the top of the Premier League table, scoring five league goals and making five assists.
As his form prompted links to European Giants such as Real Madrid and Barcelona, Klopp asserts his belief that the Brazil international had found his place amongst Liverpool’s ranks.
“My opinion is that he fits really well here,” said Klopp. “We all hope and think his future is here at Liverpool. What everybody forgets about Phil is that he is still very young. At 24, he has a long way to go and lot of space for improvement.”
“He is now at the age where skills and mixture with experience give him more consistency. With the team-mates around, he is getting better and better. I’m sure he has only started so that’s all good.”
Klopp also stated that he was not concerned about the spending power of Europe’s biggest clubs tempting his players away from Anfield.
“At the end, it will not be money. If there is a club who can pay double what we pay then I bring the player there,” said the German manager.
“Who am I to say ‘no, don’t think about your family, kids, grandkids and all that stuff’. But I don’t know a lot of clubs in the world who can do this.”
“We have to create an atmosphere in and around the club where no-one wants to leave. At this moment, I am not worried about anything. The players like to be here. It is a job and our job that it stays like this.”
Liverpool have made their best start to a Premier League season since 2008-09, and now leads the Premier League table with 26 points and 30 goals after 11 games. They travel to Southampton on Saturday in their next Premier League outing.
However, they have several players in doubt for the game – with Coutinho and Adam Lallana awaiting examination following the international break.
Southampton (1) – (3) Liverpool