Liverpool FC reject £72 million Barcelona bid for Philippe Coutinho
Liverpool rebuff Barca in their attempt to sign Coutinho, with the Reds stating they are not a selling club
July 21st, 2017
Barcelona have publicly admitted their interest in Philippe Coutinho by lodging a £72 million bid for the Brazilian playmaker, although Liverpool have swiftly rejected the offer.
Barca are used to landing their desired players and have previously snaffled Luis Suarez from Liverpool, although it appears that they will struggle to replicate this success by encouraging Coutinho to arrive at the Nou Camp.
Jurgen Klopp is adamant that one of his star players won’t be sold, with the German keen to illustrate that Liverpool will now keep their best players, although much depends on whether the midfielder wants to force the issue.
Klopp said on Friday: “Yes [Coutinho is not for sale], but that’s not since this morning or yesterday, it’s not been any different. Phil is a very important player for us. He’s trying to get back his rhythm but there’s no doubt about his quality.
“He’s very smart both offensively and defensively. The nice news for us is that he’s still young. He has improved a lot since I’ve been here and he can still improve a lot.”
The Liverpool manager added: “I’m not surprised that any club is interested in players at Liverpool. The very important message is that we are not a selling club and that’s how it is. We believe in working together and developing together.
“We want to make the next step together and for this we need to stay together. We have to create a situation where everybody is easily able to see which direction we want to go. It’s really positive. This is a fantastic club and it’s a good moment for Liverpool.”