With plenty of speculation surrounding the future of Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted he has no worries about the Brazilian’s future in Merseyside.
Barcelona have reportedly made Coutinho a priority for next summer’s transfer window, and the Catalans have plenty of financial backing following their world-record sponsorship deal with Japanese firm, Rakuten.
Although interest will understandably remain high in the midfielder - with the likes of Xavi claiming he’s one of the few players that could improve Barcelona - Klopp isn’t showing any immediate concern, despite a close friendship with Neymar being a potential reason to exit.
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Speaking at his press conference, Klopp said: “The club is not a problem, our owners are not a problem. It is creating the perspective that no-one wants to leave. That is all it is about.
“First of all, before we talk about money, we have to create an atmosphere in and around the club where no-one wants to leave. At this moment, I am not worried about anything.
“The players like to be here, and it is our job to make sure it stays like this.”
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
Despite all of the rumours surrounding the potential departure of the Liverpool fan favourite, the German was adamant that Coutinho is happy at the club, and will continue to improve by remaining a Red.
He added: “My opinion is that he [Coutinho] feels really well here. We all hope and think that his future is here at Liverpool.
“But everyone forgets when you think about Phil is he is still very young. He is 24, so he is still young and has a long way to go and a lot of space for improvement and development.
“With the teammates he has around him, it is getting better and better. I am sure he has only started, and that is all good.”
Coutinho has been in fine form this season, bagging five goals along with five assists in his 10 league games so far, to keep Liverpool sitting at the top of the Premier League table.
Barcelona rarely fail in landing their targets; now we must wait and see whether Klopp can create the environment he mentioned in the hope of keeping their prized asset.