Jamie Carragher has not pulled any punches when talking about the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, and thinks it was bad business.
Speaking in his column in the Telegraph, Carragher states that he simply cant fathom the idea of selling him this month.
“I cannot understand Liverpool’s decision to sell Coutinho now. Not mid-season,” Carragher wrote.
The former England international believes that the risk involved concerning the rest of the season outweighs the sum of money Liverpool received, as Liverpool’s hopes of Champions League qualification have taken a hit.
“The financial reward is vast. So is the risk. But I still fear a mid-season deal unnecessarily jeopardises Liverpool’s Champions League place for next season,” Carragher added.
Liverpool currently possess the fourth spot in the Premier League table, but Spurs are breathing down their necks only three points adrift – and not qualifying will be seen as a huge failure.
Carragher states that should the Reds fail to qualify for the Champions League then the finger can be pointed directly at the sale of the Brazilian.
“If they do not finish in the top four, everyone will point at Coutinho’s sale.”
A win this weekend against high-flying Manchester City will keep Liverpool in the top-four, but the Reds are going to have to find a replacement soon if they are to keep pace.
In other Liverpool news, an 18-year-old full-back has joined the Reds on a trial period from Falkirk, ahead of a potential move to Anfield.

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