Philippe Coutinho’s agent speaks on the attacker’s future amid Liverpool link

The representative of Philippe Coutinho has indicated that Barcelona have no plans of sanctioning the attacker’s sale despite the speculation in the media. The Brazil international had a mixed campaign with the Blaugrana last term and he was particularly disappointing in the league where he managed just five goals and two assists.

Amidst this, the Blaugrana have been actively pursuing the services of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid and reports have emerged that they could sanction the sale of Coutinho to balance the books. When asked about the speculation over the Brazilian’s future, agent Kia Joorabchian said that he has already spoken with the Blaugrana hierarchy and there remains no chance of the attacker parting ways with the club, he told: “I talked a few days ago with Pep Segura at Barcelona. He told me that the club does not want to sell Coutinho this summer, no matter what.”

Jurgen Klopp’s side have recently been touted re-sign Coutinho as they seek to close the gap to Premier League champions Manchester City. However, it appears that they may not have the opportunity of doing so, considering the Blaugrana are not interested in sanctioning the sale of the former Internacional graduate.

Nonetheless, the Reds won’t have any hiccups over the same, considering they have the capacity to lure other top-class players after celebrating Champions League success last term. Meanwhile, the Merseyside outfit still possess the services of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who could make a difference next season after missing most of the previous campaign with a serious knee problem.

The former Arsenal man was instrumental towards the Reds’ journey to the Champions League final one year ago and he should be eager to make amends for the lost time through injury. Aside from Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana remains another player who can make the difference, though the former Southampton man has been hampered by multiple niggles over the past 18 months.