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