Report: Liverpool reject another offer from La Liga giants as playmaker set to sit out opener
By Abigail Withey
Liverpool have rejected a second mega money bid from Barcelona for midfielder Philippe Coutinho, according to a report.
The Mirror has revealed that the Reds have rejected a staggering £90million bid for the 25-year-old from the Nou Camp.
The newspaper claims that this is the second bid Liverpool has rejected after the Merseyside club already turned down an opening offer of £72 million from the La Liga giants.
It is understood that manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted that the playmaker will not be sold this summer despite the heavy interest from the Spanish club.
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Coutinho moved to Anfield from Inter Milan back in 2013 and has made a total of 181 appearances, where he has scored 42 goals and provided 37 assists across all competitions.
It is understood that the Brazilian attacker could be sidelined for the Reds’ Premier League opener against Watford at the weekend after sitting out of training with a back problem.
Football Insider verdict
Barcelona are pressing hard to sign Coutinho from Liverpool, with huge funds in the bank at the moment after Neymar’s world record move to Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the month. However, Klopp is just as insistent that his star will stay. And this could be the defining factor in the saga. The Liverpool hierarchy won’t want to undermine Klopp and the manager has been pretty public with his views on Coutinho. It would be a brave club that decides selling a player is more important than the future of their hopefully long-term manager. For now, the German manager looks focused on making sure his current squad members are fit and developing ahead of their Premier League campaign.
In other Liverpool transfer news, this Reds attacker is set to make a decision on his future.