Liverpool must be fearing the worst over Philippe Coutinho’s uncertain future at the club.
Since arriving on Merseyside in 2013, the Brazil international has developed into one of the Premier League’s most talented and exciting attacking midfielders.
Unsurprisingly, interest has come thick and fast for the 23-year-old.
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Recent rumours suggest long-term admirers Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are keen to sign him this summer, with both able to offer Champions League football.
However, a third suitor could soon enter the mix if reports per the Liverpool Echo are anything to go by.
They claim that Atletico Madrid’s Filipe Luis has been tapping up his countryman whilst on international duty with Brazil at the Copa America.
The left-back reportedly said: “Coutinho asked me how it feels to play in a Champions League final.
“He’d be welcomed at Atletico, he has the quality.
“Coutinho is amazing and can make the difference. We discussed that he can play for top Champions League sides.”
Liverpool fans will hate the fact Luis has told Coutinho he’s capable of playing in Europe’s elite competition, but he’s absolutely right.
His hat-trick during Brazil’s Group B clash with Haiti on Wednesday was yet further evidence of his quality and that he’s capable of playing amongst the world's best players.
It’s a reasonable argument to make that Coutinho is too good for Liverpool following a season where the Reds lost two finals and failed to secure even Europa League football.
Manager Jurgen Klopp has certainly made a difference since taking over last October, but a player of Coutinho’s age and aspirations deserves more.
It would seem the 23-year-old is completely unaware of Barca and PSG’s interest in him, though.
When asked about the rumours, he said, according to Sky Sports: “As far as I know, there’s no offer. I’m here with the national team, and this subject is for my representatives.
“More important for me is to be here, focused on the national team and having a good tournament. That’s where my head is at.”
Outgoing Barcelona right-back Dani Alves has also urged Coutinho to consider his Liverpool future.
He said: “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.”
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