Liverpool’s recent form certainly won’t be convincing Philippe Coutinho to remain at the club beyond this season.
The Brazilian was desperate to join Barcelona in the summer and even submitted a transfer request on the eve of the Premier League season as he tried to force through his move.
But Jurgen Klopp wasn’t having any of it and the club refused to sell.
After his dream move was snubbed, there was a fear that Liverpool might not see the best of Coutinho ever again. Will he be motivated to play for the club? Will he refuse to play altogether?
Well, the good news is that Coutinho is playing and he’s also produced some very impressive performances. That bad news is that Klopp’s side are currently 9th after their recent 4-1 thrashing against Tottenham on Sunday.
With Liverpool struggling, it’s probably no surprise to see Coutinho, once again, linked with a move away from the club.
Mundo Deportivo are reporting that Liverpool will allow the midfielder to leave in January for €150 million, while images have been shared of Coutinho’s supposed agent with PSG's Sporting Director Antero Henrique.
Why Coutinho and Klopp have fallen out
And now, Sport have produced a report which that highlights the “divorce” of Klopp and Coutinho.
They claim that “there's no 'feeling between Coutinho and Klopp” and go on to explain exactly what has happened.
At first, Coutinho honestly admitted that “he wanted to leave because his time at Anfield had come to an end and he was no longer motivated to continue at the club.” After asking Klopp to help him leave, the boss refused and did the opposite.
Apparently, there were no “clear-the-air talks between manager and player before the German integrated him back into the squad.
They suggest that Coutinho wasn’t happy with the way Klopp placed him on the bench upon his return from a ‘back injury’.
Sport write: “Coutinho didn't like how his coach oversaw his return to the team, making him pay by sitting on the bench. He accepted the decision, but felt it was unnecessary and that the coach was just trying to show who was in charge.”
Considering that Coutinho had missed a handful of matches, surely Klopp was well within his rights not to put his player straight back into the starting XI…
But it seems Coutinho wasn’t too impressed.
The report also suggests that the player’s only motivation to play well this season is to remain in good condition for the World Cup next summer.
They conclude their report with: “The relationship with Klopp is beyond fixing-point. They coexist, but there is distance between the two. The divorce is a question of time. If it was up to Coutinho, he would be out the door in January.“
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