Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has this morning opened up on rumours that the Reds have quoted Barcelona a price for a January move for Philippe Coutinho.
Barca’s chase of Coutinho was one of the talking points of the summer transfer window, with Liverpool having rejected a number of big-money bids from the Catalans for their South American star.
Jurgen Klopp and co. remained adamant throughout the saga that Coutinho was not for sale at any price, with the attacking midfielder’s dream move to the Camp Nou failing to materialise by the close of the transfer window.
However, it is widely expected, in both England and Spain, that the Blaugrana will return for Liverpool’s star man in January, with a number of reports over recent weeks having suggested that the Reds may not stand in Coutinho’s way once again.
Adding to such reports yesterday were Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, who went as far as to claim that the Anfield outfit had quoted Barca a price of 145 million Euro for a winter transfer.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was questioned on rumours of a price-tag having been placed on the head of Coutinho during an interview earlier today, with the clearly-amused German tactician laughing off the suggestions:
‘Named a price? Interesting.’
‘There is absolutely nothing to say about this. Of course Phil is still essential for us.’
‘Should we stop thinking about him in the moment just because there are more stories about him in the newspapers in Spain?’
Klopp was also questioned on the possibility of comings and goings to and from the club upon the opening of the winter transfer window next month, with the former Borussia Dortmund boss typically coy on the subject:
‘I cannot give an answer for that now. A lot of things could happen.’
‘Maybe one or two players will tell me they want to make a move and go somewhere else. If that happens then we would have to consider that and make our decisions.’
‘As long as we have the opportunity to do something [sign someone], then we should think about it.’