SPORT Liverpool say Coutinho not for sale
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.