Liverpool won't sell Coutinho at any price, insists Klopp

Sports | Reuters 11 Aug 2017

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Philippe Coutinho would not be sold at any price, following reports the club had rejected a second bid worth 100 million euros (HK$916.56 million) from Barcelona.

Barca had already been rebuffed last month in an 80-million euro bid for the 25-year-old midfielder. The Spanish giants increased the offer to 85 million euros plus 15 million euros in add-ons but that was rejected too.

"Liverpool is not a club that has to sell players. That is set in stone. So what they offer in the end doesn't matter," Sky Germany quoted Klopp as saying.

"From a financial standpoint, there is no price limit to let him go - no price at which we are ready to give in. Our goal is to have the best possible team, so we want to keep our guys and add new ones. That is our plan."

Brazilian Coutinho signed a new five-year contract last season.

Liverpool begin their English Premier League campaign tomorrow at Watford. The season kicks off tomorrow morning (HK time) with Arsenal at home to Leicester City.

Chelsea begin their title defense at home against Burnley and manager Antonio Conte expects a tougher campaign than last season. "To finish with 93 points, 30 wins, it won't be easy," he said. "But for sure we want to try to fight to try to retain the title."

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