Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres and Raheem Sterling have all left Liverpool in recent years for clubs competing in the Champions League.
The Reds have started to become a ‘selling club’ with them being unable to stave off interest from so-called ‘bigger’ clubs whenever they come calling for one of their players - especially with them not competing in a European competition.
The Anfield club were unable to keep Suarez in the summer of 2014 when Barcelona come calling and it seems Liverpool are fearing that the Spanish giants are ready to steal another star player from them.
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After numerous impressive performances from Philippe Coutinho, the Brazilian has been tentatively linked with the Catalan club.
According to Sport, upon hearing that there is interest from Luis Enrique’s side, Liverpool have already acted by offering the playmaker a new contract.
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Coutinho signed a new contract less than a year ago which lasts until 2020 but they haven’t thought twice about handing him a new deal.
It’s hardly surprising considering his performances this season. His displays have helped Liverpool sit level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the table and many people aren’t surprised to see big clubs keen to sign the 24-year-old.
Former defender Jamie Carragher has no doubt that Coutinho is good enough for play for a club like Real Madrid.
“There used to be a time when I would roll my eyes. Philippe Coutinho’s name would be mentioned alongside a team such as Real Madrid but I never took it seriously,” he wrote in the Daily Mail.
“Now look at him. Coutinho has become one of the stars of the Premier League, the driving force behind Liverpool’s impressive early form and the key to them sustaining what could yet become a challenge for the title. I’m not rolling my eyes any longer.”
Another club legend, Phil Thompson also believes that the Liverpool star has the ability to make it in La Liga.
“Coutinho could play at Barça or Real Madrid in the future. He has immense quality and could play in any team in the world. His agent has been working extra hard in the last couple of weeks,” he said.
As Thompson mentions, Coutinho’s agents Kia Joorabchian and Giuliano Bertolucci spoke about the possibility of Coutinho joining Barcelona last summer but a move wasn’t possible at the time.
However, if he continues this incredible form, don’t be surprised to see Liverpool having to fend off massive bids from many big European clubs.