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Jurgen Klopp: 'No price' Barcelona can pay to buy Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool

Catalan club have made two unsuccessful bids for the Brazilian playmaker, the most recent reported to be worth €100m.

Philippe Coutinho has been the subject of two bids from Barcelona, the most recent worth a reported €100m  Dave Howarth / PA Wire
Philippe Coutinho has been the subject of two bids from Barcelona, the most recent worth a reported €100m Dave Howarth / PA Wire

Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool will not entertain any bids for Philippe Coutinho after the club rejected an improved £90 million (Dh429.5m) offer from Barcelona for the playmaker.

The Catalan side, fresh from last week's €222m (Dh955.6m) sale of Neymar, increased their bid for the Brazilian on Wednesday having had an earlier €80m proposal rejected last month.

However, Klopp is adamant that Liverpool have no need to cash in on any of their prize assets. Coutinho, 25, signed a five-year contract with the club only last season.

 

 

 

Speaking to Sky Germany on Thursday, Klopp said: “Liverpool is not a club that has to sell players. That is set in stone. So what they offer 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.”

Although reportedly interested in joining Barcelona, Coutinho has not agitated for a move. He is expected to miss Liverpool’s opening Premier League fixture against Watford on Saturday as he continues to recover from a back injury.

 

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“Today, no player on the planet is unsellable,” Klopp said. “But a transfer is also a question of timing and if you have the opportunity and the need to react to such a transfer.

“Also you have to ask, if you have the time to react. But just because of one request of one club, we don’t have to think about that. We are not in that situation.”