Saying that it would go against the clubs traditions aside from those of quite recently, Jurgen Klopp today insisted that Liverpool are not a selling club apart from all that selling they’ve done in the past.
Responding to reports that Barcelona are keen on signing Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho, Klopp laughed off the interest, before stating that the club’s heritage proves that – apart from a number of high-profile sales of the team’s best players – it is not in the business of selling its best players.
“Look. We are a big club with ambitions. We are not a selling club at all, providing you discount us selling Torres and Suarez and a couple of other people. But apart from that, this is not a selling club. I mean, yeah, we also sold Michael Owen to Real Madrid, but that’s not who we are,” said the German coach today.
“Selling one of our best players to a rival goes against the DNA of this wonderful, so long as you omit the years from the start of the 1990s up to now, so we just won’t do it.”
Klopp later went on to say that he expects his board to reject all offers for Coutinho, apart from those which meet his asking price.