Jurgen Klopp has voiced his frustration regarding the ongoing speculation surrounding Philippe Coutinho despite Liverpool having made their stance perfectly clear.
Barcelona are expected to table an £80million bid for the Brazilian having seen their initial £72million offer firmly rejected by the Reds.
The club has been quick to insist that the 25-year-old will not be sold this summer with Klopp having also held talks with the player himself.
“The problem with these things is that whatever I say it always leaves a little bit of speculation,” the German told the Liverpool Echo.
“If I say he is not for selling, he is not for selling. There is nothing else to say. It’s a club decision, it’s my decision. That’s how it is.”
“That is so that we can end the speculation and not talk about anything else.”
“With Suarez I was far away. When the club sold Sterling I was maybe the last to know about it. So those situations have nothing to do with this one.”
“We are approaching a very important moment and we want to get better. For this we have to keep our key players. So that’s the answer.”
“I can sat 20 times, he is not for sale. If you ask the other question the other way and I say, there has been no assurance, you make the story the other way. There is no story for me.”
“Whatever happens from their side, I say he is not for sale. You can say whatever you want. The answer is ‘not for sale’.”
Klopp very rightly points out the undying rumours suggesting Coutinho could be on his way this summer, with reports having previously linked him to a move to Spain even when Barcelona weren’t interested.
The foundation to all speculation is undoubtedly the belief that part of the player must be naturally flattered and thereby keeping an eye on the situation. Any player would feel privileged to be drawing interested from Barcelona.
Reds have good reason to believe, however, that his heart is very much at Liverpool. He didn’t sign a five-year deal in January for nothing, nor has he falsely expressed a desire to help his team lift silverware.
The message is clear- he is not for sale under any circumstances.