Jurgen Klopp is in the awkward position of not knowing whether he will be able to call upon Philippe Coutinho from September onwards.
The Liverpool playmaker, who missed the Reds’ 3-3 draw with Watford on Saturday due to a back problem, has handed in a transfer request following heavy interest from Barcelona.
Liverpool are adamant that Coutinho won’t be sold, with the club releasing a statement this week confirming as much, but it’s unlikely Barça’s interest will simmer.
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The Spanish giants have money to spend following the sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for €222 million and have already seen a €100m bid for Coutinho rejected, according to Duncan Castles.
Castles adds that Liverpool priced the Brazilian at €150m during negotiations with Barça this week.
The next two weeks will be very stressful for Liverpool supporters but Jamie Carragher sought to ease their fears by explaining why he thinks Coutinho will stay at Anfield.
“I still think he will be at the club,” Carragher told Sky Sports, per the Daily Mail. “Luis Suarez put in a transfer request, stayed 12 months and played the best football of his life.
“You've put your transfer request in and now it's up to the club because you've signed a five-year deal so they will make their decision.”
Coutinho's poster was taken down
Yet despite Carragher’s confidence, the sight of Coutinho’s poster at Liverpool’s club store being taken down must have raised concerns to the uninformed.
Liverpool fans react
Plenty of fans have taken to Twitter to explain that the reason Coutinho’s poster was taken down was actually so that it could be replaced with a poster that included Liverpool’s new sleeve sponsor.
Which is a more plausible explanation than the idea that it means Coutinho is certainly heading to Barcelona. Liverpool just wouldn’t make it that obvious that Coutinho had been sold, especially just days after insisting his future remains at Anfield.
Check out how Liverpool fans responded below.
Redknapp: Liverpool should sell
With Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino all scoring against Watford, Liverpool showed that they probably won’t struggle in front of goal without Coutinho.
And former Reds midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes now is the time to cash in on the 25-year-old.
“There comes a point when if he doesn't want to be there and you bought him for £8.5million and you can sell him £90m where you have to think about what's best for the club,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“No player is bigger than Liverpool and if he wants to go, let him go, take the money even if it means a difficult season.”
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