Jurgen Klopp is preparing to put minds at rest after Barcelona’s official approach for Philippe Coutinho understandably sparked serious concern amongst Reds.
The Spanish giants recently saw their opening offer of £72million for the Brazilian maestro immediately rejected, with the Reds adamant their star man will not be sold this summer.
Despite ongoing speculation over the past few months, the Spanish side have only just turned an interest towards Coutinho having previously shown little to suggest they were keen on signing him.
Neymar’s proposed move to Paris Saint-Germain appears to have changed their stance and resulted in Coutinho being identified as a replacement.
In response to the situation, Klopp is planning to tell the No.10 to brush aside any ambitions to play for Barcelona and reiterate that he is not for sale, according to the Telegraph’s Chris Bascombe.
Coutinho signed a new five-year deal in January, committing his future to the club and expressing a personal desire to deliver silverware at Liverpool.
Though an inevitable second bid promises to test the Reds’ resolve, it seems unlikely, at the moment, that the 25-year-old will seek a move to the Camp Nou.
He finds himself on the brink of taking his game to a world class level and faces the biggest season of his career yet, in which he will be striving to become the kind of figure his teammates can turn to in a time of need.
Barcelona will come knocking again but, for now, it can be argued Liverpool is the best place for him to be.