Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has stressed that one of his prized assets, Philippe Coutinho, is not for sale, despite interest from one of Europe’s elite clubs, Barcelona.
There were reports earlier in the month suggesting that Liverpool had actually rebuffed a bid from Barcelona of around £72 million for the Brazilian.
Klopp wanted to assert Barcelona, and other clubs looking at his best players, that the Reds were not going to become a “selling club”.
“I’m not surprised that any club is interested in players, but we want to make the next step together and for this we need to stay together.
“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.”
Barcelona, themselves, are considering reporting PSG for a Financial Fair Play investigation for their continued pursuit of Neymar, should the French club activate the Brazilian’s £198 million release clause and force through the move.
Coutinho was Liverpool’s captain for their 3-0 friendly victory over Hertha Berlin on Saturday, and is line to face German giants Bayern Munich in the Audi Cup this Tuesday.
Should the Neymar move happen, it may be very difficult for Liverpool and Klopp to resist Barcelona’s advances, but for now, at least, Coutinho is off the market.