SPORT Liver­pool say Coutinho not for sale

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Liver­pool play­maker Philippe Coutinho is not for sale, de­spite in­ter­est from Barcelona, man­ager Jur­gen Klopp has said.

Klopp said the Reds are not “a sell­ing club” fol­low­ing re­ports they re­jected a £72m bid for the Brazil­ian in July.

It comes amid news Barcelona are con­sid­er­ing re­port­ing Paris StGer­main over their pur­suit of for­ward Neymar, who has a £198m re­lease clause.

“If you say he is not avail­able to be sold, where is the in­ter­pre­ta­tion?” Klopp re­it­er­ated on Mon­day.

“The word ‘not’ means there is no in­ter­pre­ta­tion. There is noth­ing new.”

Coutinho, 25, cap­tained Liver­pool to a 3-0 friendly vic­tory over Hertha Ber­lin on Satur­day and is set to fea­ture against Bay­ern Mu­nich in the Audi Cup on Tues­day.

He scored 14 goals last term, hav­ing spent six weeks out with an an­kle in­jury, and signed a five-year deal with the Reds in Jan­uary.

It was the Brazil­ian’s most pro­duc­tive sea­son since he ar­rived at An­field from In­ter Mi­lan for £8.5m in Jan­uary 2013.

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