Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Jurgen Klopp explains why Liverpool rejected Barcelona's £72m Philippe Coutinho bid

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool Wont Sell Philippe Coutinho Jurgen Klopp responds to Philippe Coutinho speculation
Rita Gibson | 21 July, 2017, 11:28

Liverpool will reject any approaches from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho, a source has told ESPN FC. "Riyad is a Leicester player and until we hear otherwise we expect him to perform at the standard we set", he stated.

'Phil is a very important player for us.

With Mohamed Salah already having signed for the Reds in a £36.9 million deal from AS Roma and Liverpool submitting huge bids for Naby Keïta, it's clear that Klopp is doing all he can to improve his side.

This, along with the vastly inflated transfer fees being paid by clubs this summer, has seen Liverpool reject the offer.

"That's an interesting question, because you know my answer before", was Klopp's response (Sky Sports) when the topic of Coutinho's future was raised in a press conference in Hong Kong.

"We believe in working together and developing together". We believe in using the basis.

"Yes (he is not for sale), but that's not since this morning or yesterday, it's not been any different", said Klopp.

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp speaks to Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Leicester City at Anfield in Liverpool north west E

"But what I can say, keeping the group together would make sense".

"The good news is we didn't lose - and we will not lose - a player we want to keep this summer".

Coutinho was a standout performer for Liverpool last season as Klopp's team put in a strong challenge for the Premier League title before eventually slipping to fourth and securing a place in the qualification rounds of the Champions League.

"There were a few games when he was out and when he came back and he was not in the best shape and he tried to get back his rhythm".

"With his quality he has the opportunity under pressure to be on the pitch". So we have to be better even in moments like this.

"Phil can improve, he has inconsistency, but there's no doubting his qualities". He's very smart both offensively and defensively. "I expect a lot of progress from the players based on their experiences from the last years".

He said: "It's a good thing to talk about in the transfer window because the world thinks improving is only about bringing in new players".

Twins, Braves near deal for lefthanded starter Jaime Garcia
Atlanta is expected to receive a Twins prospect in the deal, which was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Garcia, who recently turned 31, has gone 3-7 with a 4.33 earned-run average in 17 starts for the Atlanta Braves .

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