By Danny Wright
Stan Collymore has called on Liverpool to cash in on Philippe Coutinho and bring to an the transfer saga which is threatening to upset to harmony of the squad.
The 25-year-old has handed in a transfer request at Anfield after it was reported by BBC Sport that Barcelona had a £90million bid turned down by the stubborn Reds.
The Telegraph has since claimed that Liverpool rejected Coutinho’s effort to force a move away from Anfield as the Catalan giants prepare a third bid for his services.
Collymore has now urged his old club to consider the sale of the Brazilian international as he believes that it would give them more than enough money to strengthen the squad to a competitive level.
However the former England international has also called upon Liverpool not to fall into the trap of just blowing their money on just a couple of players, like most Premier League sides do.
“If Barcelona bid anywhere near £110million or £120m for Philippe Coutinho and Liverpool don’t sell then, I’m sorry, but my old club are being barmy,” said Collymore on the Mirror website as he called for the Reds to make an emphatic transfer decision on the Brazilian.
“Atletico Madrid, Monaco and Borussia Dortmund have all built good teams for less in recent years.
“And with a bit of clever thinking and some shrewd business then with that sort of dough there’s no reason why Jurgen Klopp and Co can’t build a side to rival any of those three.
“What will probably happen if Liverpool do relent and sell Coutinho to Barcelona is that they will sink £60m each into the signing of two players.
“After all, that’s the lazy way the Premier League works these days. But it’s nonsense and it doesn’t have to be the case with so many good players still out there.”
Barcelona seem to be on the lookout to replace Neymar after he completed his world record move to Paris St. Germain last month in a deal worth £198million.
Coutinho is being seen as a successor to his international team-mate, and his form at Liverpool over the years shows that he could certainly step up to the mark of playing alongside Lionel Messi and Reds icon Luis Suarez.
The Merseyside playmaker scored 14 goals and supplied nine assists in 36 appearances last season for Jurgen Klopp’s side, but he did not play against Watford on Saturday in the first match of the new campaign with an apparent back injury.
In other Liverpool news, the Reds have made an offer for this Real Madrid forward.