Jurgen Klopp says he will not have to sell to balance the books following the pending £75million arrival of Virgil van Dijk — but stopped short of ruling out a departure for Philippe Coutinho. Liverpool will break a world record for a defender when the 26-year-old Dutchman signs from Southampton on Monday. The size of that fee has led to concerns that Brazil playmaker Coutinho, the subject of a failed summer £115m bid from Barcelona, is set to leave. But Klopp says that is not the situation. When asked if Van Dijk's arrival meant Coutinho was on his way, he said: 'Nobody told me that. I have no information about that. No.' Klopp was also asked why he would not make a statement saying Coutinho would not be leaving the club, with Barcelona rumoured to be on the verge of making another bid.
Klopp says club does not need to balance books after £75m arrival of Virgil van Dijk
Daily Mail | Dec 30