It seems increasingly likely that Philippe Coutinho has already played his final match for Liverpool Football Club.
The Brazilian playmaker, who missed the Reds’ 2-1 win over Burnley and is expected to sit out of Friday night’s FA Cup third round tie against Everton, is poised to joined the Catalan giants in a deal worth €150 million (£137 million).
This is according to Goal’s Liverpool correspondent Melissa Reddy, who understands that both Coutinho and Barcelona have pushed for an immediate transfer, despite the fact Liverpool’s preferred option is to complete the deal at the end of the season.
Goal revealed earlier this week that Liverpool tried to convince Coutinho to remain at Anfield by proposing “multiple incentives and a greater wage packet to their highest earner over the course of the season”.
But the South American, by all accounts, has his heart set on completing a lucrative switch to the Camp Nou over the coming days after his transfer to the Spanish giants failed to materialise last summer.
Coutinho is set to become the second-most expensive footballer of all time, behind his old friend Neymar, who sealed a €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barça last summer.
However, Kylian Mbappe will move into second place once his loan at PSG, from AS Monaco, becomes permanent. The Parisians agreed a deal worth €180 million, per Goal, at the end of August.
What Liverpool fans are tweeting Coutinho
So, how have Liverpool fans been reacting to the news of Coutinho’s imminent departure?
Well, as you can probably imagine, they’re not best pleased.
And they’ve made their feelings very clear to Coutinho himself by tweeting the Brazil international.
Here are just a few of the tweets…
Liverpool fans thought he was staying until the summer
Although some fans have gone a little overboard, you can understand their frustration.
Liverpool would stand a much better chance of securing a top-four finish and progressing in the Champions League, you’d imagine, if Coutinho stayed until the end of the season.
The 25-year-old will be ineligible to play for Barça in this season’s Champions League knockout rounds but that hasn’t deterred him from forcing a switch to Catalonia this winter.
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