In the middle of overwhelming support and torrential rain, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool is getting prepared in Hong Kong for PL Asia Trophy final against Leicester City. The Reds eased past Crystal Palace following a 2-0 win and set to encounter the Foxes this evening.
The Reds, however, are sweating on the future of their Samba star Philippe Coutinho, the midfielder who has been on Barcelona’s radar since previous season. The Catalan giants, reportedly, made a bid of £72 mil for Liverpool’s ‘little magician’ that was rejected by the Reds’ boss who has reiterated his intentions of not losing his prized asset.
“I’m not surprised that any club is interested in players at Liverpool. The very important message is that we’re not a selling club.
Yes, you can say he is not for sale. It’s not been any different. Phil is a very important player for us.”
Klopp is set to hold talks with Coutinho regarding this matter and will inform him about Liverpool’s stance. Coutinho signed a new five-year contract last season and is set to play a pivotal role in their return to prestigious Champions League football. The 25-year old Brazilian netted 13 times last term in 31 league outings and guided his side to clinch a ‘top four’ finish.
Barcelona, who previously cooled off their interest in Coutinho, are struggling to keep hold of superstar Neymar following a gigantic £196 mil bid from French giants Paris St-Germain. They are now back in hunt for his fellow countryman in order to convince him to stay put for the upcoming campaign.
The German gaffer, meanwhile, is not baffled by Barcelona’s approach and concentrating on the final of this high-profile preseason tournament. Coutinho is set to be explored more centrally this term behind attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino and will feature at some stage of today’s action-packed outing.