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Potentially huge boost for Klopp in quest to keep influential star

Liverpool supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern in recent days after seeing their side thump Brighton 5-1 on Saturday to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to eight games, at the same time moving up to fourth place in the Premier League table.

Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their clash with the Seagulls off the back of comfortably dispatching Stoke City 3-0 in midweek, and they produced another attacking masterclass to get the better of Chris Hughton’s side on the South Coast. First half goals from Emre Can and Roberto Firmino set them on their way to all three points, before further strikes after the break from Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, alongside an own goal from Lewis Dunk, secured a comprehensive win for the Merseysiders, who in turn moved up to fourth in the division following Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester United.

Consequently, there have been many thrilled Liverpudlians in the Tavern in recent days, and their mood is likely to be improved by a recent report from Don Balon (via The Daily Mirror), which suggests that Barcelona may well end their interest in Coutinho in January in favour of a move for Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen.

25-year-old Coutinho was subject to three failed bids over the summer as the Spanish giants sought to lure him to the Nou Camp, and reports only last week suggested that they were again going to go in for him in the New Year.

However, recent reports suggest that Ernesto Valverde’s side are set to target Spurs’ Eriksen given the difficulty they have had trying to persuade Liverpool to part with Coutinho, in news which is sure to come as a huge boost to Klopp and the Reds hierarchy.

Thus, it appears that Liverpool’s resilience over the summer could well pay off in the long term.

Landlord’s verdict: It looked for all the world that Philippe Coutinho would join Barcelona in the summer, with Liverpool under intense pressure to sell given the vast sums of money offered their way.

However, their resilience and desire to keep hold of their influential attacker may well pay off as reports suggest that Barca have been put off by the difficulty of negotiating with the Reds, and as such they are set to turn their attentions towards Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen.

And this is sure to come as a huge boost to manager Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool hierarchy, with it looking likely that Coutinho will remain at Anfield beyond the January deadline.

Liverpool fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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