Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that his star player Philippe Coutinho was in high demand before he penned a new long-term contract at the club this week.
The Brazilian playmaker has long been linked with European heavyweights, in particular Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.
The Reds struggled to keep hold of their former best player Luis Suarez, who signed for the Catalan giants in the summer of 2014, just seven months after agreeing a new contract at Anfield.
There have been fears that Coutinho might jump ship, and while that scenario could still play out, the rumours are likely to dispel for the time being.
After the 24-year-old put pen to paper on a deal thought to be five years in length, reports the Liverpool Echo.
Klopp suggested that plenty of clubs were sniffing around in the hope of snatching his star man.
“He’s not the only player we want to keep but – you write more about it than we could say about it – but everybody wanted him and that was obviously true because no-one in football is that blind they can’t see what his qualities are.”
That is about the only good news that Liverpool fans have had this week following the Reds’ EFL Cup exit at the hands of Southampton on Wednesday night at Anfield.
Shane Long struck late to earn the Saints a 2-0 aggregate win on another frustrating night for the Merseyside outfit, who have picked up just one win in seven games in 2017.
The result also marked Klopp’s first defeat in a semi-final as manager.