Liverpool fans are feeling vulnerable right now. They can't beat Swiss side FC Sion in front of their own fans; they can barely beat League Two outfit Carlisle in front of their own fans.
It is, therefore, reasonable for some of those faithful Reds to start getting paranoid about reports of interest from Barcelona in one of the few players to have performed well this season, Philippe Coutinho.
The diminutive Brazilian has built himself a reputation for scoring spectacular goals from distance and has fast become the creative hub in Brendan Rodgers' team.
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Unsurprisingly it seems his fine form, coupled with Liverpool's demise, is attracting unwanted attention from the Nou Camp. We are not sure where the rumours about Barcelona's interest started. It appears the original story was born out of comments that Steven Gerrard made in his new autobiography.
The former Liverpool captain tipped Coutinho to be the next Liverpool star to be "tapped up" by the Catalan club.
Next it was Barcelona's current slap-headed superstar Neymar, who named Coutinho as the one Brazilian player he would want to have next to him in the Barcelona line-up. That was enough to set off panic alarms around Anfield.
But Liverpool have nothing to worry about, at least according to Sky Sports football expert Guillem Balague. The Revista de La Liga personality insists there is no interest from Luis Enrique in Coutinho.
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At their current rate, Liverpool have little or no chance of finishing in the Premier League's top four and may well have to settle for Europa League once again next season.
If the 23-year-old continues to improve at a similar rate, and Liverpool can't provide Champions League football, surely the player himself will seek a move sooner rather than later.
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