Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has dismissed reports that Philippe Coutinho is keen to quit Anfield and move to Barcelona.
Reports last weekend suggested Liverpool’s star man was eager to move to the Nou Camp, with Barcelona prepared to do what it takes to lure the player to Spain.
And fears that Coutinho could quit Anfield intensified when this former club favourite doubted the Reds’ ability to hold on to their top talents.
Coutinho signed a new five-year deal in February last year but his growing importance to the side could see him get an improved offer in an attempt to ward off interest from some of Europe’s top sides.
Klopp, however, is happy with the current situation and while he accepts Liverpool will never be able to compete with clubs who offer mega-millions he believes they have something to counteract that.
“The club is not a problem, our owners are not a problem,” said the German.
“It is creating the perspective that no-one wants to leave. That is all it is about.
“If there is a club that can pay double what we pay then I will bring the player there because who am I to say ‘No, no no, please don’t think about the family and the kids and the grandkids and their kids but I don’t know a lot of clubs in the world who are able to do this.
“First of all before we talk about money we have to create an atmosphere in and around the club where no-one wants to leave.
“At this moment I am not worried about anything. The players like to be here and it is our job to make sure it stays like this.
“My opinion is that he feels really well here. We all hope and think that his future is here at Liverpool.
“But everyone forgets when you think about Phil is he is still very young. He is 24 so he is still young and has a long way to go and a lot of space for improvement and development.
“He is now at an age where the skills, in a mixture with his experience, gives you more consistency.
“With the team-mates he has around him it is getting better and better.
“I am sure he has only started and that is all good.”
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