It's only a matter of time before the Spanish duo of Barcelona and Real Madrid target Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, according to Steven Gerrard.
As reported by the Telegraph, Gerrard wrote in his book 'My Story' that he expects Coutinho to become a 'leading player' for the Merseyside outfit, but has warned the club's fans that he could eventually depart the club in favour of a move to La Liga.
The former Reds skipper believes the 23-year-old is currently settled on Merseyside, but also admits that the lure of Real Madrid and Barcelona would prove difficult to resist.
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Gerrard stated: "Philippe is wonderfully gifted and I expect him to become Liverpool's leading player.
“Many Liverpool fans already regard him as our main man.
“He has just signed a new deal and he and his wife — who are a lovely couple — seem settled here.
“But I also know that the Spanish giants, Barcelona and Real Madrid, will come looking for Philippe in a few more seasons, just like they did with Luis.
“And that’s when it will get tricky for Liverpool because the lure to go to one of those two clubs is so strong for any South American or Spanish player.
“Until that happens, Liverpool should really treasure Philippe.”
Fine for now
Let's be honest, Liverpool fans will know only too well that Coutinho could eventually depart Anfield in favour of a move to one of Europe's elite clubs.
Ultimately, the versatile midfielder is already one of the standout players in the division, and will continue to prove his credentials over the next couple of years.
As Liverpool go in search of success under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers this season, it's crucial that Coutinho continues to play a leading role. The Reds certainly missed him at Old Trafford this past weekend and are already trailing in the race for a top four finish.
Perhaps, then, we will see the classy playmaker return to the Liverpool side on Thursday evening as Liverpool travel to France to begin their Europa League campaign against Bordeaux.
Liverpool fans: Do you expect Coutinho to leave the club anytime soon? Have your say below!