Lionel Messi has ordered his Barcelona teammate Coutinho to steer Jurgen Klopp away from the Real Madrid hot-seat, with Los Blancos said to be targeting the Liverpool manager, according to a report from Don Balon.
The Brazilian signed for Liverpool from Inter Milan in January 2013 and went on to become a key player under Klopp at Anfield.
Coutinho’s blistering form would capture the attention of Barcelona and after many attempts from the Reds to hold onto their star man, Coutinho would ultimately make the switch in January 2018 for a fee of around £142 million.
Klopp may now be following his former player to Spain but in a move to their arch-rivals, with Madrid said to be lining him up as a replacement for Santiago Solari at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The report states that Coutinho told his Barca teammates about the news, with Messi’s response being that of ordering the Brazilian to convince Klopp to reject any advances from Real to manage the Spanish giants.
This would come as a bitter blow for Real should they miss out on a world-class manager like Klopp, due to a scheme orchestrated by the Barcelona players.
The news is also likely to come as a relief to Solari who was only appointed as Madrid manager last month and has won seven of his eight matches in charge so far.
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