Club legend Jamie Carragher has delivered his verdict on the ongoing speculation that Brazillian superstar Philippe Coutinho could leave for Barcelona this January.
Taking to his official Twitter account, the retired defender stated that now is not the time for the 25-year-old to leave Anfield, and that if he went on strike he would damage himself as a player.
Best thing @LFC is agree the BIG fee for Coutinho to go in the summer like we’ve done with Keita, not now. What do the club gain by doing it now? Top 4 & CL progression seriously risked if they sell in Jan, & difficult to replace him now. If he goes on strike he damages himself.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) January 3, 2018
There is no question that Coutinho wants to leave, having already handed in a transfer request during the summer window, however, Carragher believes the gap left behind will be too damaging for the Reds’ to overcome.
“Top 4 & CL prgression seriously risked if they sell in Jan.”
The ex-England international has instead offered some advice following a nice piece of business Liverpool completed last year, in bringing in Naby Keita.
“Best thing [Liverpool] is agree the BIG fee for Coutinho to go in the Summer like we’ve done with Keita, not now.”
Coutinho would be cup-tied for Barcelona in the Champions League and would miss any further action in that competition if he moved in January.
It would also give Liverpool time to search for a replacement and money to spend in the summer.
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