Cape Town - Liverpool boss
Jurgen Klopp has ruled out the possibility of bringing Philippe Coutinho
back to the Anfield club in the current transfer window due to the
transfer fee he would command.
The Brazilian playmaker has struggled to make an impact with
Barcelona since joining them from Liverpool in a deal worth £142 million
and there has been talk of a move away.
A return to Liverpool has been mentioned but Klopp says the money it
would take to get him back on Merseyside, puts his club out of the
running this summer.
"In general, Phil Coutinho helps each team in the world, still - 100%," Klopp told ESPN.
"It's not about that. I like Phil, I think he's a fantastic
footballer and all that stuff, but it would be a big, big, big, big,
big, big, big, big-money signing and it's not our year for that.
"It's just not possible. As I said, having him would make each team
better - us included - but I really hope that he finds his luck at
"Or maybe he found it there. We have contact, but not that close
contact that I know exactly how he is doing, but the rest is only
newspaper talk and stuff like that.
"If everything was true what newspapers write about me - wow! If it's
similar to what they write about me, I would say he's completely happy
at Barcelona and wants to sign a new six-year contract or whatever."