Reports indicate that Barcelona want to sign Philippe Coutinho this summer to replace Neymar after the forward moved to PSG.
Neymar’s earth shattering move to Paris Saint-Germain could spell danger for Liverpool with Barcelona desperate to find a replacement for the Brazilian.
Many believe they are eyeing another Brazil international with Philippe Coutinho a target for the Catalans. Jürgen Klopp has regularly insisted that his best player is going nowhere this summer but the rumours aren’t going away.
Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport report that the €222 million that the La Liga runners up have been paid for Neymar’s departure is burning a hole in their pocket.
Barca are supposedly ready to spend the money they’ve earned from Neymar’s sale to sign Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele while also signing Inigo Martinez.
Personally, I don’t buy it. Jürgen Klopp has repeatedly said that Liverpool won’t be selling Philippe Coutinho this summer and I believe him.
That said, I can see the Brazilian leaving the club in 12 month’s time but with Klopp having put his neck on the line time after time by saying Coutinho will stay, selling him would be disastrous.
With Adam Lallana’s injury and the fact that Liverpool are yet to sign a new midfielder, I can’t imagine that Liverpool are even considering scenarios where selling Coutinho is manageable.
Mohamed Salah signed from Roma in June and with his arrival, the Reds have one of the best attacking lineups in the league but the situation changes drastically if Barcelona sign Coutinho.
Although opposition fans often like to undermine Coutinho’s ability and his importance to Liverpool, there is no denying that the Brazilian is pivotal to the club’s chances of success this season.
Despite missing a considerable portion of last season through injury, Coutinho still finished the campaign as the club’s top goalscorer with 13 strikes as well as setting up 7 goals for teammates.
Heading into the 2017/18 season, Klopp needs Coutinho in his team to have any chance of succeeding in both the Champions League and the Premier League.