The German boss has been linked with a move to Liverpool by the end of this week.
Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has taken to Twitter to say what he thinks Jurgen Klopp’s first job at Liverpool should be if he takes over as manager.
According to a report from the BBC, Liverpool are hoping to unveil Klopp as their new boss by the end of the week with talks progressing well, but according to Balague, the former Borussia Dortmund boss has a job on his hands to convince one of the Reds’ key players to stay.
Philippe Coutinho has featured 112 times for Liverpool to date, scoring 17 goals and providing 23 assists in the process, and he is now developing into one of their most important players.
But according to Balague, the player is wanted at Barcelona by his Brazilian teammate Neymar and Coutinho’s agent also represents former Chelsea defender David Luiz, who is said to feel that the Nou Camp would be the best place for him.
There is no suggestion at this point that Barcelona are interested in the 23-year-old but he is certainly developing into a very exciting player that could have his pick of clubs if he did ultimately move on.
With a contract until 2020 that should not be an issue in the short term, but Balague for one feels that if Klopp arrives at Liverpool he must build his side around Coutinho and convince him to forget about the La Liga giants.
On Coutinho:very good friends with Neymar (who wants him at FCB) and shares agent with David Luiz.They both said FCB ideal destination 4 him— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) October 6, 2015
So, first job for Klopp when all agreed with LFC: convince Coutinho to be the leader of his team, build it around him (and forget about FCB)— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) October 6, 2015