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Coutinho will stay at Anfield to repay Pool, believes Klopp

By Staff Reporter

Jurgen Klopp is confident that Philippe Coutinho will stay with Liverpool beyond the summer as the Brazilian playmaker knows the club made him the player that he is today.

Since arriving as a 20-year-old for just £8.5m in 2013, Coutinho has improved year-on-year and blossomed into one of Europe's most coveted creative players.

Barcelona are believed to be interested and, despite the player committing himself to a new five-year Liverpool contract in January, reports suggesting he could leave Anfield this summer persist.

Klopp, however, believes that Coutinho's development since joining from Inter Milan has been so substantial that the player is convinced he is in "the right place" and has no desire to leave.

"He became this player at Liverpool," Klopp said ahead of his side's trip to West Ham tomorrow. "He knows this. That is what is really special about him. He really likes being here.

"Philippe, we all know how strong he can be. Can we work on different things? Yes, of course.

"That would make us stronger, having this creativity in the middle. He would have to adapt to that. He is young, full of talent and I'm pretty sure he thinks he is in the right place."

This week, one Spanish newspaper claimed Coutinho had already held talks with Barca over a £76m transfer, but Klopp is paying little attention to such reports.

"What can you do to stop the rumours? I have no idea. That is the situation," added Klopp, who is hoping the Reds can boost their top-four bid against the Hammers.

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