Jurgen Klopp says the “best news” he could have received this summer is that Philippe Coutinho will remain at Liverpool.
The Brazilian playmaker was linked with Barcelona earlier in the summer, while Paris Saint-Germain are believed to have made an enquiry about the 25-year-old last month.
The Sunday Mirror reported that PSG were looking to sound Liverpool out over a move for the man, who scored 13 Premier League goals last season, but the Reds placed a prohibitive €100m price tag on the player.
And Klopp has said that keeping Coutinho at Anfield was a priority and he will not sanction the sale of the former Inter Milan star, who cost just £8.5million four years ago.
“I am not easy to frustrate. It’s the transfer market,” Klopp told a press conference in Hong Kong.
“Sometimes things work out, sometimes they don’t. That’s how it is. I’m still relaxed. Everything is open until August 31.
“Not with only Phil [Coutinho], but it’s a good thing to talk about in the transfer window because the world thinks improving is only about bringing in new players.
“Nobody thinks that the players we already have will make the next step, which is also a nice idea. We use the transfer window, of course, because it gives us an opportunity, but the main thing I think about is how we can make the next step with the players we had last season.
“The good news is we didn’t lose – and we will not lose – a player we want to keep this summer. That’s the best news actually and then we’ll see who can bring into the squad. I expect a lot of progress from the players based on their experiences from the last years.”
Coutinho only signed a new £150,000-a-week five-year contract with the Reds in January and last week said he was happy to be back at Melwood after a “good summer”.
“I am very happy to be back here and I am ready to start pre-season,” Coutinho said.
“I had a very good summer with my family and friends in Brazil and had enough time to rest and enjoy it. To be honest, it was not that hot there – but still a little bit warmer than here!
“It was nice to come back in and see my team-mates. I’m not training with them yet, but soon I will be back with them and I’m looking forward to that.”