Philippe Coutinho: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp bracing himself for £130m Barcelona bid
Jurgen Klopp is steeling himself for another battle with Barcelona over star man Philippe Coutinho.
The Liverpool boss knows that the Spanish giants are lining up a £130million bid for his Brazilian playmaker.
And even the thrill of orchestrating this exhilarating Red machine might not be enough to keep the little magician on Merseyside this time.
When he left the pitch to a standing ovation and a touchline bear hug from Klopp on Saturday, many Scousers wer left wondering if that was the last time they will ever see Coutinho at Anfield.
Klopp is adamant he does not have to sell to offset the cost of £75million Virgi van Dijk.
The Dutch centre-half completes his club record move from Southampton today, although he will not be involved i this afternoon’s trip to Burnley.
It takes Liverpool’s spending in two years under Klopp to £220m, with a further £48m already committed to buying Red Bull Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita in the summer.
The issue with Coutinho, though, is not purely about money.
He has set his heart on playing for Barc and Klopp knows the move is simply a matter of when and not if.
When Coutinho, 25, missed the Reds’ first six games of the season after Barcelona’s opening bid for his services the club blamed a mystery back injury for his absence.
But it was not bad enough to prevent him from travelling back to Brazil for a couple of World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Colombia.