Liverpool’s nightmare continues as Barcelona prepare to make another move after two failed bids for Philippe Coutinho with the Catalan club ready to offer £137 million.
Watford frustrated Liverpool supporters on Saturday afternoon as the Hornets equalised in the 93rd minute to rob the Reds of an away win on opening day.
Meanwhile, club talisman Philippe Coutinho was not on site after the Brazilian handed in a transfer request on Friday. The former Inter Milan midfielder wants to move to Barcelona this summer but Liverpool are adamant that they won’t sell.
According to Jonathan Northcroft, Barcelona are prepared to offer £137 million for Coutinho if Liverpool are open to negotiating.
Yet, after Fenway Sports Group (FSG) made a public statement insisting that Coutinho will not be sold this summer, it’s difficult to see how the club’s owners can back down from their stance now.
That being said, FSG have failed Liverpool before and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see the American owners sell Coutinho despite their public statement and despite the fact that they apparently gave Klopp the final say on transfers.
Many fans believe that the relationship between Klopp and FSG is deteriorating and that although the German manager is not one to walk away from a club like Liverpool, it’s not improbable the former Borussia Dortmund manager will find it difficult to look past FSG selling Coutinho behind his back.
With just over two weeks remaining of the transfer window, selling Coutinho now would wreck Liverpool’s season.
The Brazilian was pivotal in Liverpool’s Premier League campaign last season and had he not been involved, it’s likely that the Reds would not have finished in the top four.
With the league as competitive as it is this season, Liverpool cannot afford to sell their best player especially given that the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keïta haven’t joined Liverpool yet this season.