Jurgen Klopp remains adamant Philippe Coutinho will not be sold by Liverpool, despite Barcelona’s confidence in signing the player.
Neymar is 90 per cent likely to leave Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona believe Philippe Coutinho would find it difficult to turn down the opportunity to replace his Brazil team-mate at the Nou Camp.
Liverpool have already turned down a £72m bid from Barcelona for the 25-year-old – who signed a new five-year contract at Anfield with no release clause in January – and although the La Liga club are planning a second offer Klopp reiterated the forward is going nowhere.
Klopp said: “If you say he is not available to be sold, where is the interpretation? The word ‘not’ means there is no interpretation. There is nothing new.”
Klopp has also previously spoken about how Coutinho “loves the club and feels comfortable”, but Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu insisted that there would be new arrivals at the Nou Camp this summer.
“He’s a Liverpool player and I have a lot of respect for Liverpool,” he told ESPN of Coutinho. “What we do in the summer is to be very discreet about everything, so we cannot confirm or deny anything.
Bartomeu went on to add that there will be more new arrivals at Barcelona this summer, confirming: “More payers will come, one in midfield, definitely.”