Jurgen Klopp opens up about Philippe Coutinho’s Liverpool future
Jurgen Klopp explains why he thinks Barcelona's reported interest in Philippe Coutinho is positive news for Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Barcelona’s reported interest in signing Philippe Coutinho is positive news for Liverpool.
The Brazilian attacker has established himself as one of the Premier League’s top players since his arrival at Anfield from Inter Milan in January 2013.
The 24-year-old has been a key part of Liverpool’s good Premier League form this season as the Reds chase Champions League qualification in Klopp’s first full campaign in charge.
Barcelona are reported to be interested in bringing Coutinho to the Camp Nou.
However, Klopp says Coutinho is comfortable and happy at Liverpool and claims that the interest in the player means that he is in great form.
Klopp is quoted as saying by Metro: “I am not concerned because I think Phil fits really well here and is comfortable here.
“I think it is actually positive when there is interest. It shows it’s good.
“Phil had a difficult time with injury, coming back fighting for his shape, and I would say that’s normal.
“In the last three games, you can see immediately, when he is in a little bit of shape, how big the difference is he can have in a game.
“That’s wonderful for us. But I am not concerned [about Barcelona] actually, because we give the boys enough perspective that they really want to be part of this for the next few years.”
Coutinho will be expecting to feature for Liverpool when the Reds return to Premier League action with a clash against Crystal Palace at Anfield on 23 April.
Liverpool finished eighth and without a trophy last season after Klopp was appointed as Brendan Rodgers’ successor in October 2015.