Can Liverpool afford to sell the Brazilian to Barcelona? A club like Liverpool needs to be in the Champions League, so naturally keeping the current Liverpool squad together makes sense.
Playing in Europe’s premier club competition attracts a higher calibre of player, and is therefore likely to bring about more on-field success. This alone should also ensure you keep your best talent.
This transfer window Liverpool’s main transfer targets appear to be RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita and Southampton captain Virgil van Dijk. Clearly the fact that we’re not being linked with many attacking players suggests Klopp isn’t planning on Coutinho leaving. Yet Liverpool are reportedly facing a fight to keep their star man at Anfield this summer.
Coutinho is the sort of player who provide that bit of magic. Most clubs would love someone of his calibre in their team, so it’s hardly surprising he’s being linked with PSG and Barcelona on a regular basis.
The fact that Barcelona have recently offered up to £90m suggests how much they want him, even more so Liverpool have declined this offer, proving how much they want to retain his services.
Summed up nicely by Mark Lawrenson;
“He’s a massive influence on the other players. Roberto Firmino, particularly, thrives off him and you can see the reaction of Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum too.
“When your best player is playing, and playing well, you are a different side. He has that spark, a bit of magic that lifts the other players.
“All those players also get more room when Coutinho is playing because he is identified as the player to stop.”