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Liverpool fans are scared after Ian Wright nails his tweet about Coutinho and Mane

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As Barcelona prepare to make a staggering fourth bid worth £136 million for Philippe Coutinho, the Brazilian has concocted a plan to try and force his club's hand.

According to various sources, if Liverpool reject Barca's latest approach, Coutinho could make a public statement about how badly they and Jurgen Klopp have dealt with the situation.

Coutinho wants to leave Anfield for the Camp Nou but, despite handing in a transfer request, is being blocked.

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Many believe Liverpool would be crazy to turn down £136 million for Coutinho, especially based on Wednesday night's showing against Hoffenheim.

The Reds secured qualification into the Champions League thanks to goals from Emre Can (2), Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in a 4-2 win.

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Victory at Anfield made it 6-3 on aggregate in a two-legged performance that demonstrated how they may not even need Coutinho.

Liverpool were deadly going forward, with the front three of Firmino, Salah and Sadio Mane tormenting Hoffenheim's defence with their pace, skill and movement.

Speaking on BT Sport after the game, Gary Lineker and club legend Steven Gerrard both admitted that Liverpool must accept Barcelona's £136 million bid.

"Philippe Coutinho. Sell him, they don't need him," said Lineker, to which Gerrard replied: "We need two good players in every position. Two good players in every position, you know that."

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With that kind of cash, Klopp could comfortably meet Southampton's demands for Virgil van Dijk and then sign a replacement for Coutinho if he so pleases.

Even Liverpool fans are starting to come around to the idea of selling Coutinho, more so after Ian Wright's tweet about the Brazil international and Mane on Wednesday night.

The former Arsenal striker is a huge fan of Mane, who he claims must be worth £200 million if Barcelona are prepared to spend upwards of £100 million on Coutinho (see below).

Nailed it. Mane has been sensational for Liverpool since joining from Southampton last year and is arguably the player Barcelona should really be going for, not Coutinho.

However, while Liverpool fans agree with Wright that Mane is worth more than Coutinho, they now fear Barca will realise their mistake and target the winger instead.

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What have you done, Ian? If Barcelona see Wright's tweet - which they probably won't, obviously - they could realise the error of their ways and try to sign Mane instead.

You could hardly blame them if they did, though, seeing as the Senegalese is a like-for-like replacement for Neymar.

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