Liverpool’s owners have shut down Barcelona’s pursuit of Philippe Coutinho by stating “no offers will be considered” and he will remain a Liverpool player when the window closes.
Having swiftly turned down two bids from the Catalan club for the Brazil international – the last of which totalled €100 million – Fenway Sports Group have supported Jurgen Klopp’s repeated insistence that the 25-year-old is not for sale this summer at any cost.
“We wish to offer clarity as regards to our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho,” a statement on behalf of FSG read.
“The club’s definitive stance is that no offers for Philippe will be considered and he will remain a member of Liverpool Football Club when the summer window closes.”
Reports emanating from Spain and Brazil on Tuesday suggesting a deal had been agreed between both sides for the playmaker was dismissed to Goal, with the Reds having never wavered from their position that there would be no negotiations over a transfer.
Coutinho signed a new five-year contract without a release clause in January, which emboldened Liverpool to promptly and strongly rebuff Barca’s approaches as well as withstand the pressure that followed from an offensive to unsettle their standout star.
The intention ahead of 2017-18 was to build on the foundations already in place, with Klopp adamant all through the off-season that the Reds would not sanction the departure of any of their core players.
Liverpool kick off the campaign at Watford on Saturday, with Coutinho a doubt due to a back problem.