Liverpool supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side thump Brighton 5-1 at the AMEX Stadium on Saturday, thus giving them the ideal preparation for their huge Champions League clash with Spartak Moscow this evening.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are now unbeaten in their last eight games in all competitions after comfortably dispatching the Seagulls on Saturday, with a brace from Roberto Firmino as well as goals from Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho, alongside an own goal from Lewis Dunk, sealing a 5-1 success for the Merseyside giants. That result also moved them up to fourth in the Premier League table, and provided them with the perfect preparation for the visit of Spartak Moscow to Anfield this evening, with the Reds knowing that a point will book their spot in the last 16 of Europe’s elite competition.
Thus, there is much anticipation among our resident Liverpudlians ahead of tonight’s game, yet they are unlikely to be overly thrilled by recent comments from manager Klopp regarding the future of influential attacker Coutinho (via The Daily Star).
The 25-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Spanish giants Barcelona over the summer and was reportedly subject of several big money bids from Ernesto Valverde’s side, although Liverpool stood firm and insisted that he wasn’t for sale.
Yet speculation hasn’t stopped since the closing of the transfer window on August 31, with reports recently suggesting that Barca will again try and lure the Brazil international in January, and manager Klopp had his say on the matter in his post-Spartak Moscow press conference.
And it’s fair to say that there may be worrying times to come for Liverpool fans, as when asked whether he what made him confident of him remaining at Anfield, Klopp said: ‘Nothing – but I don’t think about it, I think about the Moscow game.
‘Not for one second have I thought about that so far. I am not unsure, I am not sure, I don’t think about it.’
And these comments may not fill our resident Reds fans with much confidence ahead of the January window, which looks set to be another uncertain one for Klopp and the club’s hierarchy regarding the future of the Brazilian star.
Landlord’s verdict: Philippe Coutinho’s proposed move to Barcelona dominated the summer transfer window, with Liverpool standing incredibly firm to reject several big money offers for the 25-year-old.
That hasn’t stopped speculation continuing to mount since the close of the window, and manager Jurgen Klopp was asked about it in his pre-Spartak Moscow press conference on Tuesday, to which he gave an uncertain and ultimately evasive response.
And given how impressive Coutinho has been for the Reds this term, they simply cannot afford to lose him in January, but it does look set to be another nervy month for Liverpool supporters up and down the country.
Liverpool fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!