Jurgen Klopp: Philippe Coutinho staying at Liverpool


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Jurgen Klopp insists Philippe Coutinho will play a key role for Liverpool this season as they have no need to sell him.

The Brazilian has been heavily linked with Barcelona over the last few weeks and has been the subject of a £90.4m bid from the Blaugrana – immediately turned down – in the past 24 hours.

Coutinho is seen by Barca as a player who could act as a potential replacement for Neymar but he signed a new five-and-a-half year deal at Anfield in January and the Reds quite cunningly opted not to include a release clause in the negotiations.

With a return to the Champions League on the agenda and a potential title push, Liverpool have a big season ahead of them and Klopp will be relying on Coutinho, having seemingly built his team around the maestro.

The Reds kick off their campaign at Watford on Saturday, a game they are 1.57 to win, with the draw 4.20 and the Hornets 6.00.

Although the 25-year-old is likely to miss out at Vicarage Road due to a back injury, his manager insists he will not be sold for any price, especially as the club do not need the money.

Speaking to Sky Germany, Klopp said: “Liverpool is not a club that has to sell players.

That is set in stone. So what they pay in the end doesn’t matter.

“From a financial standpoint, there is no price limit to let him go. No price at which we are ready to give in.

“Our goal is to have the best possible team. So we want to keep our guys and add new ones. That is our plan.”

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