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Liverpool fans asked who they want to replace Coutinho in January - 4,000 respond

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With every passing day, it's looking more and more likely that Philippe Coutinho will leave Liverpool for Barcelona at some point in January.

As the Blaugrana prepare a latest bid of £140 million, Liverpool are reportedly resigned to losing their Brazilian playmaker, who is desperate to complete a dream move.

Much will depend on the initial payment Barcelona are prepared to pay, with the Mirror claiming it currently stands at £105 million.

But that's not good enough for Liverpool. In order for any deal to go ahead this month, they want £120 million up front and then additional payments they class as "reasonable".

Should Barcelona agree to those terms a January move will be inevitable, which won't go down well with Jamie Carragher.

Earlier this week, the Liverpool legend insisted his former club should agree a deal in January with a view to a permanent move in the summer.

He tweeted: "Best thing @LFC is agree the BIG fee for Coutinho to go in the summer like we’ve done with Keita, not now.

"What do the club gain by doing it now? Top 4 & CL progression seriously risked if they sell in Jan, & difficult to replace him now. If he goes on strike he damages himself."

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Carragher makes an excellent point but it may be too late, which means Jurgen Klopp must start drawing up a shortlist of potential replacements for Coutinho.

A number of players have been linked with Liverpool in recent weeks and now Kopites have voted for who they would like to replace Coutinho if he leaves.

Four thousand fans took part in the Liverpool Echo's poll and a whopping 44.8% said they want the money to be spent on Monaco's Thomas Lemar.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez received 20.7% of the vote to come second, while Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic came third with 8.7%.

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And it would appear Klopp has heard Liverpool fans' wishes, because according to Duncan Castles, the German has spoken to Lemar about a potential move to Anfield.

Lemar is keen to join the Reds from Monaco and has actually decided that's what he wants if a fee can be agreed between the two clubs.

That will come as bad news to Arsenal, who tried to sign the young Frenchman last summer to replace Sanchez and were set to try again in January.

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