Brendan Rodgers: 'Liverpool hold all aces over Philippe Coutinho future'

Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool have reportedly agreed to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £108.8million.

Liverpool "consider the matter closed", however the The Times report that the Reds should now be braced for a third offer for the Brazilian.

'Liverpool is not a club that has to sell players, ' Klopp told Sky Germany.

Bellamy feels Coutinho would be ill-suited to filling Neymar's former role as a wide forward, and would be better waiting until Barca need to replace central midfielder Iniesta, possibly in 12 months' time.

The FC crew talk tactics for Liverpool should star play-maker Philippe Coutinho make a move to Barcelona this summer.

The Camp Nou outfit do not want to pay more than €100m for Coutinho, as they believe paying over such a price is to overestimate the value of the Brazilian.

"But just to say: 'Ah, another club has made an enquiry, let's think about it, ' we are just not in this situation and that's all you can say about it". Also, Coutinho signed a new five-year deal with Liverpool in January, which did not include a release clause. "But a transfer is also a question of timing".

Philippe Coutinho will find it hard to turn down Barcelona and Liverpool will struggle to find a replacement, says Graeme Souness.

Coutinho is an injury doubt for Liverpool's first match of the Premier League season on Saturday against Watford with a back injury.

However, their latest proposal of €85 million plus €15 million in add-ons has not tempted Liverpool to allow the transfer of Coutinho to go through.

The Spanish giants already had an interest in Coutinho prior to Neymar's 222 million euro ($262 million) transfer to Paris last week.

The Reds are into the UEFA Champions League this season, and have a good chance of making an impressive run in the tournament of Europe's best clubs.



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