Why Klopp shouldn’t fear his star’s fu­ture – Balague

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

LIVER­POOL are unlikely to see Philippe Coutinho leav­ing the club any­time soon. Those are the thoughts of La Liga pun­dit and jour­nal­ist Guillem Balague.

Coutinho has been in su­perla­tive form for Liver­pool this term. His five Premier League goals have helped fire the An­field out­fit to the top of the ta­ble.

Real Madrid and Barcelona are thought to be hov­er­ing around the Brazil­ian with a view to a po­ten­tial move. But Balague has sought to quash the spec­u­la­tion sur­round­ing the 24-yearold.

“Last time I spoke about Coutinho a few months back, I thought he wasn’t ready for Barcelona or Real Madrid,” Balague told Sky Sports.

“I can now see that he is the most tal­ented player at Liver­pool, he’s per­form­ing reg­u­larly, and is scor­ing. Yes, he is get­ting to that level where ei­ther Barca or Real can come for him.

“He needs a bit more glam­our for Real Madrid to have big, big in­ter­est. For Barcelona, they need to de­cide what to do with Arda Tu­ran, and then they have to de­cide whether a player like Coutinho fits in that team.

“The prob­lem with Coutinho as a No. 10, he hasn’t got a place in a Barcelona 4-3-3.

“He has to play wide, or play deeper, but that isn’t his role, so it’s dif­fi­cult to find a place for him.

“Let’s see who the man­ager is at Barcelona next sea­son, or if Luis En­rique con­tin­ues, but cer­tainly he would be so ex­pen­sive that I couldn’t see Barca com­ing in for him just yet.

“At the mo­ment, nei­ther of them are in the equa­tion, but let’s see how things progress.”

Liver­pool take on Southamp­ton in their first league game af­ter the in­ter­na­tional break. – Ex­press News­pa­pers

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