Liverpool legend: Coutinho needs 'war' to force Barca move

Liverpool legend: Coutinho needs 'war' to force Barca move”

It is hard to tell whether the latest statements from Klopp and Liverpool are business as usual, or a respectable firm stance on their key man. It is very likely that the Liverpool front office understand how much better the Reds are with him in the squad, and don't want to risk losing a critical playmaker. So everything is in a good way - but of course now we have to deliver, and we know that, so we are ready for it.

Coutinho scored 13 EPL goals last season, adding seven assists, his most productive season since moving from Inter in 2012 for a measly €13m.

Precedent suggests that, for all Liverpool's bullishness, they will end up selling Coutinho, with Fernando Torres, Javier Mascherano, Xabi Alonso, Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling all having left the club in similar circumstances.

There were suggestions that Barcelona were preparing to announce the signing of Coutinho on Friday (11 August) but Liverpool's rejection of their second offer has made that unlikely.

"This will be a massive year for Van Dijk", Redknapp wrote in the Mail.

His compatriot's move to Paris Saint-Germain has prompted the interest from Barca and they have already had one bid of £72m turned down by the Merseyside outfit. The trio shook hands in one of Joorabchian's restaurants and agreed the terms of the deal that same day.

Reds chief Jurgen Klopp has remained adamant that they won't be entertaining offers for Coutinho, he said recently: "Don't waste your energy".

Jurgen Klopp could be set to oversee ins and outs at Anfield with less than a month of the summer window remaining.

Western Union is also becoming an "official principal partner and the official money transfer partner" of the club.

He suggested one for the training ground could happen "at some stage in the future maybe", while emphasising Liverpool are "not an organisation that is in the marketplace for a stadium naming rights deal". Losing Coutinho would be a huge blow to their chances of English or European glory. Chelsea may therefore be a more palatable alternative.

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