Jurgen Klopp replies when asked if Liverpool are signing 22-year-old
Jurgen Klopp insists that Liverpool have no intention of cashing in on Philippe Coutinho and suggests Naby Keita is no longer a target
Jurgen Klopp has rejected claims that Liverpool could make a fresh bid to try and sign Naby Keita from RB Leipzig if Philippe Coutinho leaves the club this summer.
The Brazilian playmaker has been heavily linked with a possible move to Barcelona this summer, speculation which has heightened since the reports suggesting Neymar could leave Camp Nou.
Liverpool were also thought to be keen on bringing Keita to Anfield from Leipzig this summer, although the German club have once again insisted that the 22-year-old is not for sale.
Klopp was asked directly whether Coutinho leaving Liverpool could prompt the Reds to return with a fresh bid to try and sign Keita this summer – but the German did not entertain that scenario.
Asked if Coutinho moving to Barcelona would see Liverpool return with a bid for Keita, Klopp told the Daily Mail: “You formulate the question in a strange way.
“Where is the interpretation if you say he (Coutinho) is not available to be sold?
“The word ‘not’ means there is nothing to interpret. It is nothing new from our point of view.”
Liverpool are preparing for a return to the Champions League next season after the Reds finished fourth in the Premier League table last term.
The Merseyside outfit have signed three players so far this summer – Dominic Solanke, Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah.