If Philippe Coutinho gets his way, he will no longer be a Liverpool player after the transfer window closes next week.
The Brazilian playmaker is desperate to join Barcelona, who are expected to table a remarkable £138 million offer over the forthcoming days.
According to Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague, Coutinho has asked Barcelona to make one final attempt to sign him. Liverpool, however, are expected to reject the Catalan giants’ improved offer.
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The Reds understandably feel that they would be left with insufficient time to sign a replacement for Coutinho if he leaves at this late stage in the transfer window.
They are also acutely aware of the backlash they would inevitably receive from concerned fans, who are tired of losing their best players to other European clubs.
Klopp insists his relationship with Coutinho is fine
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted that ‘everything is okay’ between himself and Coutinho, despite reports claiming otherwise.
"Of course, everything is okay between me and him," Klopp was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. "Absolutely. 100 per cent.
"I never give any comment to whatever's written or said but it's 100 per cent clear that nothing's changed.
"I said already, my English is not good enough to give five different answers and always the same question, so nothing changed."
Sky Sports have done something very embarrassing
Sky Sports News must be loving the will-he-won’t-he Coutinho saga. Liverpool fans are presumably glued to the channel at the moment, hoping to finally hear confirmation that their South American magician is happy at Anfield and ready to knuckle down for the season.
However, Sky Sports have just embarrassed themselves by producing a cringeworthy video of Coutinho and Klopp accompanied by Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’.
It’s even more ghastly than it sounds. Watch it here…
Viewers react on Twitter
Needless to say, stunned viewers have been mocking Sky Sports for producing unquestionably the worst video of this, or any other, transfer window.
Let’s look on the bright side: there are only eight more days before the transfer window closes until January.
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