?Liverpool may reportedly consider allowing playmaker Philippe Coutinho to leave the club if a bid of about £120m is made.
The Brazilian was linked over the summer with a move to Barcelona, but Liverpool stood firm and rejected three attempts from the Spanish side to sign the player, that’s also despite the midfielder submitting a transfer request.
Since then, Coutinho has been in great form for the Reds this season, appearing 14 times and netting an impressive nine goals. Three of those came in the midweek Champions League victory against Spartak Moscow as his hat-trick helped Liverpool win 7-0 and top their group.
But it seems like Liverpool are set for that transfer saga to resume in January, with Barcelona being linked again with a move. But it appears that Liverpool may actually be willing to listen to offers for Coutinho. According to the Liverpool Echo via the ?Express, the Reds’ may consider selling the Brazilian international if they receive a fee of around £120m for the star.
The news will create more doubt about the future of the 25-year-old, after the player himself admitted he doesn’t know where he will be playing in the future. Speaking after Wednesday’s Champions League win, according to the ?Independent, Coutinho said that “I do not know how the future is going to be. What will happen in January, we will know it in January.
“I do not know if there will be an offer. I am at Liverpool and I always do my best when I have the opportunity to play, respecting the jersey and the supporters.”
Liverpool are currently fourth in the Premier League table. They will play their local rivals Everton at home tomorrow as they bid to go above Chelsea, who lost 1-0 earlier today to West Ham, in the table.
It’s no secret that Philippe Coutinho wants to join Barcelona in the Summer despite Liverpool rejecting multiple bids from the Blaugrana.
Now with the January window around the corner, the Brazilian maestro is looking to finalise a solid move to the Catalan giants.
According to the Saturday print edition of Mundo Deportivo, the 25-year-old is looking to sacrifice a fraction of his wages with the Reds in order to make the move happen.
With the increasing amount of wages in club football, players like Coutinho cause financial delays due to the amount that they earn.
It has also been pointed out that former Reds midfielder Javier Mascherano did the same thing in order to join Barcelona back in 2010.
“In order to line up alongside Messi, he would be willing to lower his salary,” Mundo Deportivo claim despite reports that Coutinho had already agreed to personal terms with the Blaugrana back in the summer.
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Should the player take a pay cut a move to Barcelona, he’d still be making more money at the Nou Camp than at Anfield due to the club’s commercial influence world wide.
With Liverpool’s best player on the verge of joining one of La Liga’s top teams, the Reds will need to find a replacement for him immediately.
Manchester City and Paris-Saint Germain have missed out on entry to an exclusive club of elite teams during this last week, following failure to win their respective final Champions League group games.
Having won the five games leading up to the final week, PSG were bested by German champions Bayern Munich, and a weakened City side fell to Shakhtar Donetsk. The results mean that both clubs failed to complete a ‘perfect group stage’ – six wins in six games.
This has only ever been managed on six occasions (by five teams) – so why not have a look at who the oil laden clubs have failed to joined?
6. AC Milan (1992/93)
Goals for – 11
Goals against – 1
A Marco van Basten extravaganza kicked off Milan’s group stage as the Dutchman scored all the goals in the Italian outfits 4-0 destruction of Swedish outfit IFK Goteberg. This goal frenzy was soon followed by narrow, single goal victories away to PSV, on both nights against Porto, and away to IFK; before completing their perfect performance with a controlled 2-0 victory at San Siro against PSV.
That season, Milan managed to make it all the way to the final, before falling at the final hurdle in a 1-0 loss to Marseille.
5. Paris Saint-Germain (1994/95)
Goals for – 12
Goals against – 3
PSG could’ve added a second contribution to this club had they beaten Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. Alas, they didn’t.
The 1994/95 campaign saw George Weah tear the group stages apart with his goals. Him and Daniel Bravo got the ball rolling in their 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich on the opening day, before 2-1 victories over Spartak Moskva and Dynamo Kyiv saw them into the halfway point.
Weah then notched both goals in the reverse 1-0 victories over Spartak and Bayern, before earning a brace in PSG’s final game against Dynamo – a tidy 4-1 victory.
PSG eventually bowed out on a 3-0 aggregate loss to AC Milan in the semi-final.
4. Spartak Moskva (1995/96)
Goals for – 15
Goals against – 4
After being on the receiving end of PSG’s perfect group stage, Spartak decided to go on a run of their own.
Narrow wins over Blackburn and Legia Warsaw began their campaign, before something clicked at half-time against Rosenborg. Being 2-0 down away from home, Spartak eventually won 4-2, going on to a 4-1 victory in the reverse fixture.
A 3-0 victory over Blackburn followed by a 1-0 win over Legia gave Spartak an 11-point gap at the top of their group. However, they eventually got kicked out of the competition against Nantes in the quarter finals.
3. Barcelona (2002/03)
Goals for – 13
Goals against – 4
Barca’s perfect start actually extended beyond the group stages – the Blaugrana eventually went on a streak of nine consecutive wins (a Champions League record until Bayern Munich beat it in 2014) that season.
However, it all started with a 3-2 at home against Club Brugge. Home and away wins against Galatasaray and Lokomotiv Moskva then followed, before a narrow victory over Club Brugge equalled Spartak’s previous 11 point gap record.
Barca made it to the quarter finals before being dumped out by Juventus.
2. Real Madrid 2011/12
Goals for – 19
Goals against – 2
Madrid ran riot in their 2011 group stage; all kicking off with a 1-0 warm-up victory over Dinamo Zagbreb. This was followed by a 3-0 stuffing of Ajax, and 4-0 dismantling of Lyon at the Bernabeu – followed by a 2-0 win on the reverse fixture.
It was Zagreb who were the only team to get past Real Madrid in the group stages that season – if only they weren’t already 6-0 down, something might have come of it. Madrid would then beat Ajax 3-0 before eventually being knocked out on penalties against Bayern in the semi-final.
1. Real Madrid (2014/15)
Goals for – 16
Goals against – 2
Real Madrid just love the Champions League, don’t they?
This time, their campaign began with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Basel, before tearing Ludogorets apart in a 4-0 win. This became their 19th of a 22 game run without losing in all competitions. However, their Champions League run of ten continuous victories (equalling Bayern’s record) came to an end when Schalke bested Los Blancos with a 4-3 triumph at the Bernabeu.
Madrid continued on, though; eventually being knocked out in the semi-final against eventual runners-up Juventus.
Some top quality teams on display there, and both PSG and Man City will be disappointed not to have made it into the club. Maybe next time, ay?
?Paris Saint-Germain are set to dismiss manager Unai Emery at the end of the season and target former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, according to L’Equipe.
Emery, who moved to the Parc Des Princes from Sevilla in 2016, is also rumoured to have fallen out with captain Thiago Silva in the wake of their 3-1 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich in midweek.
The Brazilian was taken off injured during the game, with Emery said to be furious that he was not aware of the severity of Silva’s injury quickly enough, and that is was poorly managed by his skipper.
Emery’s future is now in question after the defeat in midweek is said to have infuriated president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. That loss comes hot of the heels of an embarrassing 2-1 defeat to Ligue 1 new boys Strasbourg last weekend.
Despite his side forging nine points clear of second placed Lyon in the Ligue 1 standings, Emery has also previously been forced to deny a rift with his Brazilian superstar Neymar in recent weeks.
Now, following defeat to Bayern,
The PSG board are believed to have drawn up a short list that includes Jose Mourinho and Diego Simeone, though it is former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique who would appear to be in the position of strength.
Jurgen Klopp ‘Open to Swap Deal’ for Coutinho as Barcelona Consider Sending Sergi Roberto to Anfield
?Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp may be willing to let Philippe Coutinho move to Barcelona, if midfielder Sergi Roberto comes the other way.
Coutinho has been the subject of long running interest from Barcelona, but has so far been unable to secure a move to the Nou Camp, despite the Spanish side reportedly offering Liverpool a fee in the region of €100m for the Brazilian attacker in the summer.
Now however, it has been suggester that Coutinho could get his move to La Liga, if Roberto comes the other way.
Spanish magazine ?Don Balon are reporting that Klopp would be tempted to let Coutinho go as part of a swap deal that would see Sergi Roberto join the Anfield side.
Despite his potential and versatility, the Spaniard, who operates mainly as a central midfielder but can also fit in as a full back or winger, has yet to fully establish himself in the Barcelona side.
Roberto has made sixteen appearances in all competitions for Barcelona this season, scoring once in a 2-0 win over Real Betis.
It has been suggested that Roberto will not be a direct replacement for Coutinho, and he may instead be used in the role currently filled by Emre Can, with the German’s contract at Anfield set to expire at the end of the season.