Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that he will not sell midfielder Philippe Coutinho this summer. There has been a lot of speculation about the Brazilian’s future in the recent weeks as Spanish media reported that Barcelona has plotted a massive money move for Coutinho.
Barcelona is one of the favourites to land Coutinho next season as the Catalan club are keen to add more stability to their central midfield and are reportedly readying £76million bid to land him. However, Klopp has joked that Coutinho has a massive £400 million release clause and has elaborated the importance of Coutinho to his side.
‘When did he sign his new contract?’ asked Klopp in response to questions about Coutinho’s future.
When he was told it was in January, Klopp has added: ‘With a £400 million clause!’
He continued: ‘There are absolutely no plans [to sell him]. What our owners say is there is the absolute opportunity not to sell anybody if we do not want to. That means we can bring in others players, and it is a good situation. We have a stable squad with a good basis.
‘We want to bring a few in with fresh blood but nobody will leave us without our say so I am completely relaxed about this.’
Coutinho has been the centre of Klopp’s plans whenever he was injury free and will remain to be an important player in Liverpool squad if he opts to stay in Premier League next season. Currently, Jurgen Klopp and his men are determined to finish in the top four and still need to win their last two games in Premier League to ensure Champions League football next season.
But, if Barcelona decides to get a player from a particular club, they often get him. It has been the case when they signed Luis Suarez in the summer of 2014 and Liverpool fans can only hope that Coutinho decides to stay at Anfield for at least another season before thinking about a move to a bigger club.