Insider makes claim about Liverpool signings and Philippe Coutinho

ESPN FC reporter Gabriele Marcotti claims Liverpool have signed attacking players as insurance policy for Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho Photo: The Sport Review

Gabriele Marcotti believes Liverpool have recruited two new attacking players this summer as an insurance policy in case Philippe Coutinho opts to leave.

The Reds signed Egypt international Mohamed Salah in a £36.7m deal from Serie A giants AS Roma earlier this month.

Liverpool also recruited England Under-20 international Dominic Solanke in a free transfer from Premier League champions Chelsea.

The Merseyside outfit are facing a battle to keep hold of Philippe Coutinho amid talk of Barcleona submitting an £89m offer for the attacking midfielder.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Coutinho is not for sale, but the Reds famously sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona in 2014.

And ESPN FC expert Marcotti has suggested that Liverpool may have signed Salah and Solanke as cover for Coutinho should the playmaker leave.

“I think part of the reason they’ve got all these attacking players now is to have a little bit of insurance in case Coutinho does move,” Marcotti told ESPN FC.

Coutinho moved to Liverpool in a £8.5m deal from La Liga giants Barcelona in the 2013 January transfer window.

The Reds finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last season in their first full season under Jurgen Klopp.

Fact file: Philippe Coutinho

– Liverpool signed Philippe Coutinho in an £8.5m deal from Serie A giants Inter Milan in the 2013 January transfer window.

– The South American is still waiting to win his first trophy with Liverpool but finished as a Premier League runner-up in 2014.

– Coutinho was voted Liverpool’s player of the year in 2015 and 2016 thanks to his influential performances.

– The Liverpool No10 has scored 42 times in 184 appearances in all competitions during his four-and-a-half year stint at Anfield.

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