Coutinho is not for sale, says Klopp

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Liver­pool man­ager Juergen Klopp has quashed spec­u­la­tion link­ing mid­fielder Philippe Coutinho with a move to Barcelona in the sum­mer, high­light­ing the fact the player had put pen to pa­per on a con­tract ex­ten­sion un­til 2020 in Jan­uary.

“When did he sign his new con­tract?” Klopp told Bri­tish me­dia. “There are ab­so­lutely no plans (to sell).

“What our own­ers say is there is the ab­so­lute op­por­tu­nity not to sell any­body if we do not want to. That means we can bring in other play­ers and it is a good sit­u­a­tion. We have a sta­ble squad with a good ba­sis.

“We want to bring a few in with fresh blood, but no­body will leave us with­out our say so I am com­pletely re­laxed about this.”

Liver­pool are third in the league on 70 points with two games left.

They will se­cure a top-four spot if they win both their re­main­ing games but have no room for er­ror with Manch­ester City (69 points) and Arse­nal (66 points) hot on their heels each with a game in hand.

In­jured for­ward Sa­dio Mane was con­fi­dent Liver­pool would se­cure a spot in next sea­son’s Cham­pi­ons League.

“It’s frus­trat­ing be­ing out and hav­ing to watch, but my team­mates are still do­ing a great job on the pitch,” he added.

“I am very con­fi­dent that they will get the points we need from the fi­nal two matches to get us in the top four.

“We have a great man­ager and he knows what is re­quired. We all want to get this club into the Cham­pi­ons League.”

Liver­pool travel to 12th­placed West Ham United on Sun­day and end the sea­son with a home game against rel­e­gated Mid­dles­brough.

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