Liverpool told to sell Coutinho and sign two proven Premier League stars to win the title

Former Chelsea defender Andy Townsend tells Liverpool to use the Philippe Coutinho money to sign Diego Costa and Virgil van Dijk

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Liverpool should use the money from Philippe Coutinho’s sale to sign Chelsea striker Diego Costa and Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, according to Andy Townsend.

The Reds are facing the real prospect of losing Coutinho to Barcelona in the summer transfer window as the La Liga giants look to conclude a deal for the Brazil star.

Liverpool are rumoured to have turned down two offers for the 25-year-old attacker in the summer transfer window so far.

The Merseyside outfit are thought to have placed a £136m price tag on Coutinho after the Brazilian handed in a transfer request last week.

The five-time European champions have been heavily linked with a move to sign Virgil van Dijk throughout the transfer window but Southampton are reluctant to do business with Liverpool.

Costa, meanwhile, has already been told that he is surplus to requirements this season by manager Antonio Conte, although a switch to Atletico Madrid hasn’t materialised thus far.

Former Chelsea defender Townsend believes Liverpool should consider a double swoop to sign Costa and Van Dijk with the transfer funds raised from Coutinho’s exit.

“If you sell Coutinho to Barcelona for £100m or £120m, go and buy Diego Costa for £50m and Virgil van Dijk for £50m, and they’ll be a lot closer to winning the league than if they kept Coutinho,” Townsend told BBC Radio 5 Live.

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

The Reds have signed three players in the summer transfer window so far.

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