Liverpool halted as Barcelona star rules out teammate exit

Liverpool have been halted in their chase for Marc-Andre ter Stegen after Barcelona teammate Gerard Pique ruled out his exit, Mundo Deportivo reports.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper is also being tracked by both Manchester City and Manchester United in recent months amid speculation that he was unhappy with his bit-part role under manager Luis Enrique.

Ter Stegen is only being used in cup competitions and has rarely made any appearances in the La Liga as Enrique prefers to use Claudio Bravo in those fixtures.

However, Pigue has come out to play down his departure by stating that nobody wants to leave Barca, while adding that everyone is happy with their position at the Camp Nou.

“Since you’re asking me, Ter Stegen isn’t going. No one wants to leave Barcelona,” he said.

“We are Barca, and to be at this club is the greatest happiness a player could have.

“This club, this city, this fanbase, we have it all. I’m convinced everyone will stay.”

The Reds are believed to be considering a new keeper in their efforts to replace current number one Simon Mignolet, who has been criticised multiple times this season.

Ter Stegen only made four La Liga appearances this term, but has featured another 16 times in various cup competitions including eight in the Champions League.