Liverpool reject £72m Barcelona bid for Philippe Coutinho: ‘we are not a selling club’

• Playmaker signed new contract worth £150,000-a-week last season
• Jürgen Klopp: ‘The very important message is that we are not a selling club’

Jürgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool are not a selling club after rejecting an €80m (£72m) bid from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho. Liverpool are adamant the Brazilian playmaker will stay at Anfield irrespective of a higher bid from the Spanish giants.

Barcelona have been heavily linked with the 25-year-old since the turn of the year but their opening offer was immediately rejected by Liverpool, who insist Coutinho is not for sale at any price. The Brazil international is close friends with Barcelona duo Neymar and Luis Suárez, who made the move from Merseyside in 2014, but signed a new five-year contract with Liverpool only last season.

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