Phil Thompson identifies four possible Philippe Coutinho 'replacements' at Liverpool

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Liverpool are really digging their heels in with Philippe Coutinho.

On Friday, the Reds rejected a third offer from Barcelona for their star Brazilian, with the fee believed to be in the region of a whopping £114 million.

Nevertheless, there will still be a section of pessimistic Liverpool supporters who feel - despite what the club's official stance on Coutinho's future is - it is only a matter of time before the Catalans eventually get their man.

Soccer Saturday star and Merseyside favourite, Phil Thompson, is certainly one of those.

Thompson has already identified four players Jurgen Klopp should try to sign if and when a deal for Coutinho to join Barcelona is agreed.

However, to say his targets are ambitious would be putting it softly.

First up, the ex-Reds' player and coach thinks Luis Suarez could be tempted to rejoin the club as part of the Coutinho deal.

"What they can do is try to find somebody out there, maybe even play Barcelona at their own game and say you can have Coutinho but we want Luis Suarez," Thompson said, as per the Liverpool Echo.

"Suarez might be unhappy with Neymar [joining Paris Saint-Germain]. You don't know whether a player is unhappy or a club are willing to sell until you ask the question."


Next, Thompson identified Dele Alli, who supported the Reds as a boy.

He added: "They could go after Dele Alli, who was a Liverpool supporter as a kid.

"Tottenham are a bit like Liverpool in that there's always a price on a player."

Thirdly, the Soccer Saturday regular picked out another unlikely option, Sergio Aguero.

"Sergio Aguero is another player that might be interested if he's not happy at Manchester City," Thompson continued.

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"But it comes back to being late in the window and that is the difficult situation Liverpool find themselves in."

Thompson's final target is arguably his most realistic. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's future at Arsenal remains in doubt with less than 12 months to run on his contract.

And the 24-year-old would be a welcome addition at Anfield according to Thompson.

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"Signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be a start and would be available for the right money with his contract situation at Arsenal, but the club need to be ready to move if they do sell so we're not caught short," he concluded.

Does anybody else think Thompson has spent too much time alongside Paul Merson?

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