Jamie Carragher reacts to Philippe Coutinho’s Liverpool transfer request
Jamie Carragher admits he was surprised to see Philippe Coutinho hand in a transfer request at Liverpool
Jamie Carragher has admitted that he was surprised to see Philippe Coutinho hand in a transfer request at Liverpool – but is still expecting to see him stay at the club.
The Brazilian’s future has been a relentless source of speculation in recent weeks because of Barcelona’s public interest in signing the 25-year-old.
Liverpool have remained firm in their stance that Coutinho is not for sale, with the Reds thought to have turned down a big-money bid for the playmaker.
However, there was a fresh twist in the transfer saga on Friday, when Coutinho was reported to have asked to leave Liverpool this summer to join Barcelona.
That came just hours after Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reiterated the Reds’ stance that they have no intention of selling Coutinho.
Carragher admits he was surprised to see Coutinho make public his desire to leave the club, but is still tipping the playmaker to stay at Anfield beyond the summer.
Carragher told Friday Night Football on Sky Sports: “I didn’t think he would put in a transfer request, if I’m being honest.
“I said he’s not that type of player – but I don’t know what that means when you say that. We’re all that type at different times.
“I was surprised by it. I don’t know if it was a reaction to the club coming out and making a statement earlier in the day.
“It’s a similar situation to Luis Suarez, where he put in a transfer request and was made to stay by FSG at that time, but you always felt he’d only be at the club for 12 months.
“Before Coutinho put in this request I thought Liverpool would keep him and he’d probably go in 12 months.
“If this bid had come in at the end of May, someone offered over £100m and you had potential targets lined up, you could understand it.
“But Liverpool have got no time to replace him. They can’t get players in at the moment anyway and they’ve got a lot of money to spend.
“I don’t see any way the club would let Coutinho go. I said there’d be a riot if he went and I still stand by that.
“And I’ll be part of that riot!”
Coutinho signed a new five-year contract with Liverpool back in January.
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.