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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 18 September 2018

Liverpool owners tell Barcelona 'no offers will be considered' for Philippe Coutinho

  • Catalan club understood to have had two bids for the Brazilian playmaker rejected, the second in the region of  £90 million.
  • Coutinho will be at Liverpool 'when the summer window closes'.
Philippe Coutinho is attracting interest from Barcelona but remains a key part of Liverpool's plans. Victor Fraile / Getty Images
Philippe Coutinho is attracting interest from Barcelona but remains a key part of Liverpool's plans. Victor Fraile / Getty Images

Liverpool's owners have ruled out accepting any bids for playmaker Philippe Coutinho, seemingly ending the prospect of a move to Barcelona.

The Catalans are understood to have had two bids turned down for the Brazil international, the second in the region of £90 million (Dh429m).

But in a statement, owners Fenway Sports Group backed up manager Jurgen Klopp's public stance by saying: "We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho.

"The club's definitive stance is that no offers for Philippe will be considered and he will remain a member of Liverpool Football Club when the summer window closes."

Barca believe Coutinho can step in for Neymar alongside Lionel Messi and former Liverpool favourite Luis Suarez in a star-studded front three, and could also provide cover for 33-year-old Andres Iniesta in midfield.

Although five-time European champions, most recently in 2005, Liverpool are no longer one of European football's heavyweights and the last of their 18 English league titles came in 1990 - before the start of the Premier League era.

Klopp, however, has insisted Liverpool are not a "selling club".

And the German boss is determined to show he is serious about bringing back the glory days to Anfield by retaining Coutinho, Liverpool's top scorer with 14 goals in all competitions last season when the Merseysiders finished fourth.

"We want to have the best possible team. This means keeping the guys we have," Klopp told Sky in Germany on Thursday. "Liverpool is not a club that needs to sell. That is set in stone. So what they pay in the end doesn't matter.

"From a financial standpoint, there's no threshold of pain," he added.

Liverpool begin their 2017/18 season with a Premier League match away to Watford on Saturday, but Liverpool said on Friday that Coutinho would miss the game due to a back injury.

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