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According to Mundo Deportivo, Coutinho thanked Liverpool for their "interest and affection" but reiterated his desire to join Barcelona.

While Liverpool's attacking make-up will now be much discussed as rumours regarding Coutinho's exit continue to swirl, Klopp has already moved to address his squad's glaring defensive weaknesses by sealing a £75m deal for wantaway Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk.

Though we wouldn't advise purchasing one until the situation is resolved one way or the other. But they need more than that now.

Liverpool are adamant that the player did not down tools in the way Van Dijk had done in a bid to force through his dream move.

He added on the Coutinho saga: "The only thing I will say and the only thing I am interested in is how is Phil playing at the moment", said Klopp.

And it was only after the transfer window had closed Coutinho was miraculously fit enough to return to Kop duty in mid-September. The links, though, led nowhere, and the advertising copy was quickly removed.

The 21-year old is seen by Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde as a long-term prospect at the club to partner Samuel Umtiti and consequently, the Dane is being monitored since the past six weeks, as per the report.

"We have good player and we don't have to sell anybody because of that".

The Brazilian came back from injury after nine months recently and finds himself on the fringes of Valverde's squad.

A return to Celta will offer the midfielder an excellent opportunity to rediscover his form under a familiar face in Juan Carlos Unzue, who was Enrique's assistant at Celta and Barcelona.

It is reported that the Argentine, who returned from a contentious two-game diving ban on Boxing Day, is now valued in excess of £40m - over £30m more than the £9.5m that West Ham spent to convert his season-long loan from Abu Dhabi-based outfit Al Jazira into a permanent four-year arrangement in March 2016.


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