Jurgen Klopp has ruled out the possibility of resigning Philippe Coutinho in this transfer window. The Liverpool manager admitted that this window is not the time to make a big-money signing. Coutinho achieved cult status at Liverpool during his five years at the club. Despite being signed for just £8.5 million in 2013, he was sold for a whopping £142 million in January 2018. Since the move to the Camp Nou, however, Coutinho has endured a major struggle with regards to winning over the Barcelona staff and fans.
The player’s agent recently claimed that Barcelona were giving mixed signals about Coutinho’s availability in the market. However, the lack of budget has now put Liverpool out of contention to sign the 27-year-old. According to Sky Sports, Klopp said: “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.”
The Catalan club have been actively pursuing a move for Neymar, who could cost in excess of £150 million. In order to reduce the cash burden on the club, Coutinho is rumoured to be one of the stars being prepared for an exit. There have even been rumours about Coutinho being included as part of a ‘player plus cash’ deal to PSG.
If Coutinho was to be sold, Liverpool was mooted as a potential destination. The Merseyside outfit are in need of strengthening to handle the rigours of playing across four different competitions. The off-season tournaments like the Africa Cup of Nations have also taken a huge toll on some key players like Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. Last season, Klopp was able to call upon Daniel Sturridge as one of the capable candidates to play across the front three if anyone from Salah, Mane, or Firmino was unavailable. Even that option has now gone away with Divock Origi being the only viable alternative.
Just over a month ago, Klopp was calling for a ‘big summer’ just as the club had done in the previous two windows. Liverpool spent in excess of £150 million in the previous two summers and they have been crucial towards our revival. The club have reasons to spend after missing out on the Premier League title by the narrowest of margins. The Champions League honour came to Anfield for a sixth time and it also brought more than £70 million in prize money (TV money and commercial revenue not included). Yet, Liverpool have so far been very quiet in the market with Sepp van den Berg being the only arrival for just over £1 million.
Even though Philippe Coutinho has not been able to set Barcelona on fire with his explosive goals from long range, he has featured a lot for the team in the last 18 months. Just in the last season, the Brazilian managed to appear in an incredible 53 games – scoring 11 goals in the process – for the Catalan outfit.
Liverpool are in the pre-season tour of the United States. The Reds will be facing the likes of Napoli and Lyon in friendly matches before flying straight into the Community Shield against Manchester City. This will be followed by the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea in less than a fortnight.