English Premiership

Coutinho deal 'not possible' - Klopp

Philippe Coutinho (Supplied)
Philippe Coutinho (Supplied)

Cape Town - Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has ruled out the possibility of bringing Philippe Coutinho back to the Anfield club in the current transfer window due to the transfer fee he would command.

The Brazilian playmaker has struggled to make an impact with Barcelona since joining them from Liverpool in a deal worth £142 million and there has been talk of a move away.

A return to Liverpool has been mentioned but Klopp says the money it would take to get him back on Merseyside, puts his club out of the running this summer.

"In general, Phil Coutinho helps each team in the world, still - 100%," Klopp told ESPN.

"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. As I said, having him would make each team better - us included - but I really hope that he finds his luck at Barcelona.

"Or maybe he found it there. We have contact, but not that close contact that I know exactly how he is doing, but the rest is only newspaper talk and stuff like that.

"If everything was true what newspapers write about me - wow! If it's similar to what they write about me, I would say he's completely happy at Barcelona and wants to sign a new six-year contract or whatever."

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