Jurgen Klopp has made it clear that Liverpool will not allow any player, who they want to keep, leave the club in the summer.
The German manager was mainly referring to reports linking Philippe Coutinho with a move to Barcelona in the summer. Spanish publication Sport recently revealed that the Brazilian has already 'said yes' to the Catalan club, but the La Liga giants will have to meet Liverpool's valuation of €90m (£75.9m, $98.1m) to have any chance of completing the deal.
Klopp has no intention of allowing one his top players to leave the club in the summer and indicated that the club are more focused on making additions rather than thinning their squad. Liverpool are on the verge of securing a return to the Champions League and this will make strengthening a necessity.
Coutinho is having his best season – in terms of goals scored – since his arrival from Inter Milan in 2013 and has played a key role in helping Liverpool to third place on the Premier League table. Barcelona are looking for a long-term replacement for Andreas Iniesta and have identified the Brazil international as the perfect candidate. However, he only signed a new long-term deal in January, which will ensure Liverpool hold all the cards if the interest is made concrete.
"When did he sign his new contract?" Klopp said when asked about the interest in Coutinho, as quoted on Sky Sports. "With a £400m clause!" he added with his trademark laugh.
"There are absolutely no plans [to sell]. What our owners say is there is the absolute opportunity not to sell anybody if we do not want to. That means we can bring in other players and it is a good situation. We have a stable squad with a good basis.
"We want to bring a few in with fresh blood, but nobody will leave us without our say so I am completely relaxed about this," the German coach added.