John Hartson confident Liverpool signing could fill Philippe Coutinho’s void

The ex Arsenal striker believes Liverpool signing Mohamed Salah can replace Philippe Coutinho at Anfield

Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho Photo: Mohamed Salah / Instagram

John Hartson is confident that Liverpool signing Mohamed Salah can step into Philippe Coutinho’s shoes should the Brazilian move to Barcelona.

The Reds are looking to keep the South American midfielder at Anfield despite interest from La Liga giants Barcelona in the current transfer window.

Liverpool have already dismissed three bids from the Spanish side for their number 10 ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Coutinho has missed all five of Liverpool’s fixtures in the Champions League and the Premier League in the 2017-18 season so far.

Liverpool spent a club-record £39m transfer fee on Salah last month to bolster their attacking options.

Salah has wasted no time having a big impact on Jurgen Klopp’s side despite his disappointing spell at Chelsea.

The Egypt international has scored against Watford, Hoffenheim and Arsenal to help Liverpool make an unbeaten start to the season.

Former Arsenal striker Hartson believes Salah is more than capable of replacing Coutinho should Liverpool decide to sell their number 10 to Barcelona.

“The Coutinho debacle. Liverpool are desperate to keep him. Will they be so desperate now after their Arsenal performance?” Hartson told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“With Coutinho missing, Salah is stepping up. There is not much chat about Coutinho.”

Liverpool finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last season to secure a long-awaited return to the Champions League.

The Reds have never won the Premier League title but finished in second place in 2002, 2009 and 2014.

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