Mark Lawrenson issues Liverpool warning over Philippe Coutinho

Mark Lawrenson believes Liverpool would struggle to keep Philippe Coutinho away from the clutches of Real Madrid or Barcelona

Mark Lawrenson has warned Liverpool that they could struggle to keep Philippe Coutinho at the club if the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona come calling.

Coutinho is earning a reputation as one of the Premier League’s most talented attacking players and has been a regular fixture in the Reds’ first team this season.

The Brazilian has already scored five goals and made five assists in the Premier League for Jurgen Klopp’s men to help the Reds lead the way at the top of the Premier League table.

Coutinho has also scored once in the League Cup for the Reds to help them through to the quarter-finals of the competition.

His fine form has sparked suggestions that Real Madrid or Barcelona may be interested in signing the 24-year-old in the future.

And former Liverpool star Lawrenson does not believe that the Reds would be able to do much to prevent Coutinho from leaving Anfield should one of those clubs come calling.

Speaking in an interview with The Belfast Telegraph, Lawrenson said: “Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid to a certain degree, Paris St Germain and Bayern Munich are the clubs continually successful in Europe.

“You can’t keep those top players if those clubs come in for them.

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“I don’t think, apart from arguably Manchester City, anyone can stop them.

“The clever thing is to plan for it. Rather than say ‘Coutinho might be going, what are we going to do?’ you have something in place already.”

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