A feeling of ‘betrayal’ is behind Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, putting the kibosh on a Barcelona transfer plan ahead of the January window, according to a report.
The La Liga giant is going through an unprecedented financial crisis. Their woes led to the departure of several renowned players over the summer, including Lionel Messi.
Hoping to balance the books, the club have also sought to get rid of the former Reds striker, Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian, 29, has suffered a nightmare at Camp Nou since leaving Anfield for a deal worth up to Â£ 142million.
Barcelona pretended to be still on the hook for an additional Â£ 17million in this deal if Coutinho reaches 100 appearances for the club. He currently sits on 93 outings.
Corn according to Sport Witness (citing the Spanish outlet ElNacional), Barcelona hope to avoid that payment by sacking Coutinho to Liverpool.
They say Ronald Koeman’s side “hope to send Coutinho back to Liverpool on loan in January”. In the process, they would seek to include “clauses” in the agreement that could lead to a permanent exit down the line.
Bringing Coutinho back on board might appeal to Liverpool in January more than in most windows. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are expected to participate in CAN 2021 – which will take place in January and early February.
Coutinho could soften the blow of temporarily losing the duo, although Klopp apparently doesn’t.
The German is said to still have a feeling of ‘betrayal’ over Coutinho’s departure in 2018. Coutinho pushed for a move in the summer of 2017 and missed his first games of the season with an apparent back injury then that the window remained open.
To his credit, he was a remarkable performer in the months between summer and winter windows after the move failed to materialize. Although Coutinho could not be convinced to stay and eventually left in January 2018.
As such, Klopp would have “no intention” of letting his superiors know that he wants Coutinho to return.
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Meanwhile, an ambitious Liverpool goal looking for a high-end move may not be suitable for Liverpool. Instead, a proven Leicester artist would be a better bet, according to an expert.
Yves Bisouma recently revealed his desire to test himself in the Champions League. And while Brightons have made a superb start to the campaign, common sense would dictate that this goal is more likely to be achieved if he moves to a club like Liverpool or Man Utd.
Liverpool have been linked with the combative midfielder with Bissouma named as Georginio Wijnaldum’s potential replacement.
But according to former goalkeeper Paul Robinson, Liverpool should be wary of filling their Wijnaldum-shaped void with the Seagulls star. Instead of Leicester City Yuri Tielemans would be a “better option”.
“I think Tielemans would be a better option for Liverpool than Bissouma”, Robinson told Football Insider. “Does Bissouma do the trick for Klopp?” I am not so sure.
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âThey don’t have a lot of money to spend, we saw that in the transfer window that just ended. Wijnaldum played such a big role for them last season, so he will naturally be missed.
âThey’re light in it now, so I expect them to call on another body in that position, whether it’s January or next summer. It will be interesting to see if Liveprool makes a move in January.
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