Jurgen Klopp sends emphatic message to Liverpool fans about Philippe Coutinho

The Liverpool manager insists Philippe Coutinho is not for sale despite interest from Barcelona ahead of the summer transfer window

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho Photo: The Sport Review

Jurgen Klopp has reiterated that Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho is “absolutely not for sale”.

The Brazil international has been one of Liverpool’s most-impressive players in the 2016-17 season despite suffering with an ankle injury over the festive period.

Coutinho has netted 10 times and has made six assists in 26 appearances in the Premier League this season to help Liverpool challenge for a top-four finish.

La Liga giants Barcelona are being linked with a £76m move to sign the South American in the summer transfer window despite Coutinho signing a new deal in 2016.

The Brazilian’s close pal Luis Suarez moved to Barcelona from Liverpool in 2014 and the Uruguay international has won the Champions League and two La Liga titles.

Speaking at his pre-match media conference ahead of Liverpool’s trip to West Ham United on Sunday afternoon, Klopp insisted that Coutinho will be staying at Anfield.

“When did he sign his new contract? With a £400m clause!” Klopp said.

“There are absolutely no plans [to sell]. 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 other 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.”

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Liverpool are in third place in the Premier League table and four points clear of Arsenal with two games to play in their season.

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