Monday, 11 December, 2017

German legend Matthaus questions Liverpool over Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho Getty Philippe Coutinho netted a hat-trick last night
Kristopher Love | 08 December, 2017, 06:42

The Brazilian bagged his first ever Champions League hat-trick and was sensational as Liverpool booked their place in the knockout rounds of Europe's premier competition.

The Brazil global has been largely deployed on the left of a front three alongside Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Coutinho was subject to various bids for from the Blaugrana and he remains unsure about his future at the Anfield.

The Reds are determined to keep hold of their star but Barca are expected to return with another mega-money bid in January.

Barca, who failed in their attempts to sign Coutinho over the summer, are still very interested in signing the 25-year-old and will try again next month.

After missing the start of the season through injury, Coutinho has since scored nine goals in 13 appearances - including a hat-trick in Wednesday's 7-0 thrashing of Spartak Moscow in the Champions League.

Coutinho's comments after the Spartak rout will have seriously encouraged Barcelona. What will happen in January, we will know it in January.

'Last summer there was a job offer in the same way that happens with any employee and I was interested in it. Since I stayed I have played with will and desire. We play at home and the fans deserve a win so we'll do our best to get it.

Philippe Coutinho is set to agree a stunning five-year deal with Barcelona worth an astonishing £127million in January, according to reports.

This January transfer market will force Liverpool's owners, Fenway Sports Group, to weigh up what they value and whether losing Coutinho is worth that prize, with Ferdinand backing the star to deserve such a hefty cost.

However, will the Catalans make a reasonable offer for Coutinho, it seems likely that they will have to get close to at least 130 million pounds to turn Jurgen Klopp.