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Liverpool fans react to Matt Le Tissier's dig over Philippe Coutinho

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Liverpool fans are finally going to be put out of their misery - Philippe Coutinho is on the cusp of joining Barcelona.

Jason Burt of the Daily Telegraph broke the news that the two clubs had agreed an incredible £142million deal for the Brazilian, who first stated his desire to move to the Nou Camp last summer.

It will come as absolutely no surprise to the Anfield faithful that they are waving goodbye to their star man, as they've been here too many times before.

For all Jurgen Klopp's insistences that the playmaker wouldn't be sold, in recent years the Reds have cashed in on Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling, Fernando Torres...in short, just about every top player that another elite club has come calling for.

However, at least there are a few consolations - £142m is a lot of money, and FSG have already backed Klopp to some extent by allowing him to invest in Naby Keita and Virgil van Dijk.

The latter made an immediate impact by scoring the winner in the FA Cup's Merseyside derby on Friday night, and there will no doubt be a few Southampton fans who feel that Liverpool are now getting a taste of their own medicine.

Former Saints forward and Sky Sports pundit Matt Le Tissier is obviously one of them and he couldn't resist a dig once news of Coutinho's imminent departure emerged:

Just spare a thought for Southampton - if losing Coutinho is going to be devastating, imagine the impact of Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane, Van Dijk, Nathaniel Clyne, Rickie Lambert - even Dejan Lovren - all swanning off to the same club.

Liverpool fans react 

Liverpool fans, of course, had no time for Le Tissier's point:

As well as Coutinho has played since his transfer request a few months ago, his exit will understandably leave a bitter taste in the mouth.

Making the top four and progressing in the Champions League is now going to be a much tougher ask without the 25-year-old, who won't even be able to play for his new club in Europe for the remainder of the season.

The former Inter Milan star surely could have held out until the summer, but it appears the La Liga outfit simply couldn't wait to get their hands on him any longer.

And with Liverpool the selling club, there was very little they could do about it.

Have Liverpool got a good deal? Have your say in the comments. 

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