Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Liverpool is not a selling club and will not accept any bids for Philippe Coutinho after the club rejected an improved £90m offer for the Brazil playmaker.
Barca was rejected with their latest bid for the 25-year-old after having had an offer of £72m rejected last month and, speaking to Sky Germany, Klopp was adamant Liverpool are not a “selling club” but is committed to retaining their best players.
“Liverpool is not a club that has to sell players. That is set in stone. So what they offer in the end doesn’t matter,” he said.
“From a financial standpoint, there is no price limit to let him go. No 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.”
“Today, no player on the planet is unsellable, but a transfer is also a question of timing and if you have the opportunity and the need to react to such a transfer.”
“Also you have to ask, if you have the time to react. But just because of one request of one club, we don’t have to think about that. We are not in that situation.”
It also remains that Liverpool is in prime position to keep Coutinho, especially with a five-year contract he signed only last season. The player himself had also not made any moves of indicating that he desires a change since the first bid was made, although he is expected to miss Liverpool’s opening game of the Premier League season at Watford on Saturday, owing to a back injury.
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