Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool will not sell Philippe Coutinho despite Neymar edging towards Barcelona exit door

 
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Philippe Coutinho signed a new five-year deal with Liverpool in January (Source: Getty)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has reiterated that playmaker Philippe Coutinho will not be leaving Anfield this summer, despite Neymar edging closer to departing Barcelona.

The Reds have already rebuffed a £72m offer from Barcelona for the 25-year-old former Inter Milan forward, who signed a new five-year contract with the north-west club in January.

But with Paris Saint-Germain closing in on the world-record £195m signing of Neymar, who is expected to undergo a medical in Qatar this week, Barcelona are believed to be preparing a second bid for Coutinho, although Klopp insists he is not for sale at any price.

“If you say he is not available to be sold, where is the interpretation?” said Klopp. “The word ‘not’ means there is no interpretation. There is nothing new.”

Klopp, who guided Liverpool to Champions League qualification last season, refused to be drawn on questions regarding a potential £70m move for RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita.

He did, however, distance himself from suggestions that Liverpool are mulling over a bid for Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz. Klopp added: “No, we aren’t in the running for him. He’s a good goalie but we have enough good goalies.”

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