Jurgen Klopp reacts to reports linking vital Liverpool star with Barcelona move

The Liverpool manager tells Barcelona that Philippe Coutinho won't be allowed to leave the Merseyside outfit this summer

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho Photo: The Sport Review

Jurgen Klopp has warned Barcelona that Liverpool “aren’t a selling club” after reports linking Philippe Coutinho with a move to Camp Nou.

The La Liga giants have been regularly touted as a possible future destination for Liverpool’s number 10 over the past couple of seasons.

Coutinho played a key role in helping Liverpool to secure a top-four spot in their first full season under German coach Jurgen Klopp.

Indeed, the 25-year-old scored seven times and made two assists in his final 10 outings in the 2016-17 season to wrap up fourth spot in the table.

Barcelona have been linked with a £72m offer to sign Coutinho in recent weeks as the Catalan side contend with speculation linking their own Brazilian star Neymar with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

However, Liverpool boss Klopp emphatically ruled out the prospect of the Merseyside outfit selling their prized asset to Barcelona in the summer transfer window.

“Yes (he is not for sale), but that’s not since this morning or yesterday, it’s not been any different,” Klopp told his media conference on Friday.

“I’m not surprised but it’s not a compliment.

“It’s not that I need it but a few people obviously see that Liverpool have a few good players. So, that’s how it is.

“But, a very important message – maybe we’re not a selling club. That’s how it is.

“We believe in working together, we believe in development together, we believe in using the basis that we want to work together, we want to make the next step together and for this we need to stay together.”

Liverpool have signed Egypt international Mohamed Salah in a £36.7m deal from Serie A giants AS Roma earlier this summer.

The Reds have also added Chelsea forward Dominic Solanke and Hull City left-back Andy Robertson.

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