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Liverpool Transfer News: Jurgen Klopp gives Philippe Coutinho update | Football | Sport

Philippe Coutinho sparked concerns he would be leaving Liverpool for Barcelona last week after handing in an official transfer request.

The club have since reacted by issuing a statement insisting the Brazil international will not be sold at any price this summer.

Barca, who have reportedly already seen two bids rejected, are understood to be readying an offer in excess of £100million for the midfielder.

However, Jurgen Klopp has claimed nothing has changed regarding the future of the 25-year-old.

“Nothing has changed in the last few days on either side,” Klopp said ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League play-off clash with Hoffenheim tomorrow.

Coutinho missed Liverpool’s 3-3 draw with Watford at the weekend with a back problem and was similarly left out of the Reds’ Champions League line-up.

Supporters feared this signalled the imminent departure of Coutinho to the Nou Camp.

However, Klopp has reassured fans his absence is merely due to injury and insisted this is the club’s major concern – not the rumours of a move to Barca.

“I’m not sure what you’re asking about,” he added.

“He’s not available for us at the moment. That’s the main issue.

“He cannot play for Liverpool at the moment. 

“That’s quite a blow for us. We’ve known for a few days about it so we prepared for this game without him.”

Klopp was asked again about Coutinho and said: “I really understand everyone is interested in this but I’m not thinking about it.

“I’m here, answering questions but I’m not thinking about it. I work with the players I have and don’t work with the players I don’t have.

“It can’t change. It’s the same situation for me.”

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson also spoke at the press conference in Germany, where the Reds are preparing to face Hoffenheim in the opening leg of their Champions League playoff clash.

Discussing Coutinho, Henderson said: “It’s a difficult situation for Phil.

“Whatever I say probably won’t help. As players were are fully focused on the job in hand.

“As players you expect in transfer windows for this to happen. You have to focus on what’s important, to stay together. The game tomorrow is the big focus for the team. That’s what we will do.

“It shouldn’t have an effect at all.

“We want Phil to stay because he’s a world-class player.

“It’s a difficult situation but yeah, if you ask anyone in the team of course we want him to stay.”

In a statement released by the club last week, Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group insisted Coutinho will not be sold.

“We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho,“ the statement read.

“The club’s definitive stance is that no offers for Philippe will be considered.

“He will remain a member of Liverpool Football Club when the summer window closes.”

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