Liverpool supporters have been reasonably downbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last few hours after seeing their side concede a late leveller to only draw 1-1 against Everton in the Merseyside derby at Anfield on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their clash with the Toffees off the back of three consecutive wins in all competitions, and looked on course for a fourth as Mohamed Salah’s superb first half strike set them on the way to victory on Sunday. However, the Reds were unable to record a ninth Premier League success of the campaign as Dejan Lovren clumsily shoved Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the back in the penalty area, from which Wayne Rooney netted the resulting spot-kick to secure a point for Sam Allardyce’s men, a result which kept them in the top half of the division while Liverpool remained in fourth.
Thus, there have been many frustrated Liverpudlians in the Tavern in the last few hours, many of whom are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from Don Balon, which discloses the price the Reds will accept to sanction the sale of attacker Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January.
The 25-year-old was subject of several bids from the Spanish giants over the summer but Klopp’s side remained firm to keep the Brazil international beyond the August 31 deadline, and have since reaped the rewards given that he has scored nine goals and laid on seven assists in 15 games this term.
However, reports suggest that Liverpool are indeed willing to let Coutinho go to Barcelona in January, but only if they stump up £120 million for the 25-year-old, a figure which would see the attacker become the second most expensive player in world football behind compatriot Neymar.
But whether Ernesto Valverde’s men are willing to meet Liverpool’s demands very much remains to be seen.
Landlord’s verdict: It looked for all the world that Philippe Coutinho would make the move to Barcelona over the summer, only for Liverpool to stand firm and reject several big money bids for the attacker.
And given that the 25-year-old has scored nine goals and laid on seven assists in just 15 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side this term, they have certainly reaped the benefits of such decision, although recent reports suggest that they could well be willing to let the Brazil international leave in January.
However, Barcelona will have to stump up £120 million if they are to convince the Reds into selling the influential star, a staggering sum of money which would see Coutinho become the second most expensive player of all time, behind Brazilian teammate Neymar.
And, given their summer stubbornness, Liverpool are likely to be remain firm with regard to the price, thus leaving the ball firmly in Barcelona’s court ahead of the January window.
Liverpool fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!