According to Spanish outlet Don Balon, Real Madrid are desperate to sign Philippe Coutinho and in return, Liverpool will demand Isco moves to Merseyside.

Good morning, chaps.

Haha, I thought it best not to start with anything too serious this morning after Liverpool’s gruelling 1-0 win over Watford last night.

I admit that this is just ridiculous, though. Who comes up with these stories?

Anyway, as the story goes, Real Madrid are looking for a new number 10 and are desperate to sign Philippe Coutinho. Liverpool will demand that Isco Alarcon makes his way to Merseyside as makeweight.

Isco is actually in contract negotiations with Real Madrid to extend his current deal to 2022 and it wouldn’t make any sense for the player to negotiate a new contract if he had plans to leave in a few months as it would give the club too much bargaining power and limit his options.

This is all according to Don Balon.

In theory, it’s a deal which would see Liverpool benefit from and yet you can scarcely believe that there is the slightest bit of truth to it.

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Last night, after just four minutes, Coutinho picked up a dead leg and was withdrawn after around 15 minutes for Adam Lallana.

With just three games remaining of Liverpool’s Premier League season, it wouldn’t appear as if Philippe Coutinho is leaving anytime soon. He has committed his future to the club with a contract extension and has repeatedly spoken of his passion for the people of Liverpool and the club.

With Champions League football next season a likelihood, Liverpool will be planning summer recruitment and I am confident that this has nothing to do with selling Coutinho.

Even if it meant Isco joined Liverpool.

The Brazilian has scored 10 goals and created a further six for teammates in 28 Premier League games and in tandem with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané, is part of the most effective attack in the league.

Jürgen Klopp will be confident of keeping Coutinho next season and recruiting a few more starters to make Liverpool a much better side and capable of competing in the Champions League.

READ MORE: Philippe Coutinho injury update

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