Klopp’s intriguing Coutinho comments as he holds talks with Barcelona

It was always going to happen at some point.

Barcelona – or someone related to the club – were going to put the wheels in motion to make an audacious move for Jurgen Klopp.

Barcelona are a club in free fall, which was illustrated perfectly by their recent defeat against Bayern Munich, while Liverpool are a team on the up.

Under Klopp, the Reds have become the best team on the planet, and at the time of writing, are holders of both the Premier League and Champions League.

Barcelona recently sacked Quique Setien, with technical director Eric Abidal being thrown on the proverbial scrapheap with him.

Ronald Koeman was then handed the unenviable task of turning the sinking ship around, but the clock is already ticking on his reign.

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More movement is expected at Barcelona, and president Josep Maria Bartomeu is tipped to stand down.

A number of names have been linked with his job, including Jordi Farre, who has seemingly already put the feelers out in regards to Mission: Get Klopp.

Farre recently told Diario Sport: "If Koeman works and does well, he would be, of course.

"Obviously, we have our roadmap and we had already started several conversations with Jurgen Klopp, because it seems to us that Barca need such a coach.

"It is an exceptional moment and Koeman is a good solution considering that he is a legend of  Barcelona, a benchmark.

"Because of his character, I think that was what the club needed now. I wish him the best because the challenge is huge."

Barcelona would of course offer Klopp a huge financial incentive to take the manager's job, and there is no denying the Catalan giants are an attractive proposition.

But the chances of Klopp leaving Liverpool in this current market appear very, very slim.

Klopp has been unusually open about his plans for the future in recent months, telling SWR Sport in July that he plans to return to Germany within the next few years.

"Definitely to live, after my career. Most likely even to Mainz," said Klopp. When asked how long he'll remain at Anfield, he replied: "Four years in Liverpool."

This month he doubled down on his claim.

In an interview with German publication SportBuzzer, Klopp said: "I'll take a year off and ask myself if I miss football. If I say no, then that will be the end of coach Jurgen Klopp.

"If one day I am no longer a coach, there is one thing I will not miss: the brutal tension immediately before the game."

In both interviews, Klopp admits to having one eye on leaving Liverpool. But, crucially, in both interviews he confirms his plans to see out his contract.

Back in 2019 the German penned a new deal with the Anfield club, which will see him remain as Liverpool boss until at least 2024.

This suggests that he will remain as Liverpool boss for at least the next four years.

What's more, when looking at the advice Klopp gave Philippe Coutinho before his failed move to Barcelona, more clues on the German's plans emerge.

Unlike Coutinho, who had his heart set on playing at the Camp Nou, Klopp was able to take a step back and consider the Brazilian's entire situation.

The former Mainz and Dortmund boss suggested to Coutinho that loyalty doesn't work the same way at other clubs as it does at Liverpool.

He told Coutinho in May 2017: "Stay here and they will end up building a statue in your honour. Go somewhere else, to Barcelona, to Bayern Munich, to Real Madrid, and you will be just another player. Here you can be something more."

Considering this opinion, and Klopp's insistence to see out his deal, suggests the German would heed his own advice and remain at the club in which he is respected.

At Liverpool he is the man who brought the club a very first Premier League title.

At Barcelona he would be starting afresh, and at a time when the club is on its knees.

Finally, Klopp's comments about Liverpool when penning his new contract in 2019 should ease any lingering worry he could leave for Barcelona.

"This club is in such a good place, I couldn't contemplate leaving," said Klopp.

"For me personally this is a statement of intent, one which is built on my knowledge of what we as a partnership have achieved so far and what is still there for us to achieve.

"When I see the development of the club and the collaborative work that continues to take place, I feel my contribution can only grow.

"People see what happens on the pitch as a measure of our progress and although it is the best measure, it's not the only measure.

"I have seen the commitment from ownership through to every aspect and function of the club you can think of.

"When the call came in autumn 2015, I felt we were perfect for each other; if anything, now I feel I underestimated that.

"It is only with a total belief that the collaboration remains totally complementary on both sides that I am able to make this commitment to 2024. If I didn't, I would not be re-signing."

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