Steven Gerrard sends open message to Liverpool fans about Philippe Coutinho
Steven Gerrard has his say about Liverpool's ongoing transfer saga surrounding Philippe Coutinho
Steven Gerrard has admitted that Liverpool have found themselves in a very difficult situation concerning the future of Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilian playmaker’s future has been a relentless source of speculation in recent days as Barcelona continue to be linked with a bid to bring him to Camp Nou as a replacement for Neymar.
Barcelona are thought to have failed with bids to bring Coutinho to Spain, as Liverpool are unwilling to sell the 25-year-old playmaker this summer.
However, matters got more complicated for the Merseyside club last week when Coutinho handed in a transfer request as he looked to force a move to Spain.
Coutinho missed Liverpool’s 2-1 Champions League play-off win over Hoffenheim on Tuesday night due to a back injury.
But former Reds captain Gerrard admits that the situation is far from ideal for his old club heading into a new season.
Speaking on BT Sport on Tuesday night, former England star Gerrard said: “It is very, very difficult, especially for the owners of Liverpool Football Club, who are going to be under big pressure from our supporters to keep hold of Coutinho.
“You’d like to think that Philippe is professional enough, that once the transfer window is out of the way, he will pick himself up and get on with it.
“But at the same time, you do run a risk of keeping an unhappy players because he might not play at the level you expect from him.
“It is a very difficult situation for Liverpool at the moment.”
Liverpool played out a disappointing 3-3 draw with Watford in their Premier League opener last weekend as they conceded a late equaliser.
The Reds will look to return to winning ways when they take on Crystal Palace at Anfield in their next Premier League game on Saturday afternoon.