If there’s one player Liverpool fans would hate to lose this summer, it’s Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilian magician, who yearns for silverware and Champions League football, is a reported summer target of Paris Saint-Germain’s, suggesting manager Jurgen Klopp faces a fight to keep him.
Liverpool tied him down to a new five-year contract last year, yet that might not be enough.
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Especially so after international teammate Dani Alves, who is due to leave Barcelona this summer, urged Coutinho to consider seeking pastures new in the transfer window.
The Brazilian pair are currently on international duty at the Copa America.
Alves told Yahoo Esportes, per Sky Sports: "Football is about living in the moment.
“Liverpool have history but you should consider playing for top UCL sides. He has the quality to play for Barcelona.”
Losing Coutinho would be considered a disaster for Klopp following a season where the 23-year-old helped to install his famous ‘gegenpressing’ philosophy.
If evidence was needed of just how important Coutinho is to Liverpool, he scooped no less than four accolades at the club’s end-of-season awards ceremony, including Player of the Year and Goal of the season.
Alongside countryman Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge, the Brazil international tore apart a number of defences throughout the 2015/16 term, namely Manchester City and Chelsea during crushing 4-1 and 3-1 away victories respectively.
Coutinho certainly wouldn’t come cheap, but there’s a sense that Liverpool would rather keep him than receive £30-40 million.