Mark Lawrenson tells Philippe Coutinho what he must do to leave Liverpool

The Liverpool FC legend offers Philippe Coutinho some blunt advice about moving to Barcelona

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho Photo: The Sport Review

Mark Lawrenson says Philippe Coutinho will have to refuse to play to force through a move to Barcelona from Liverpool.

The Reds have refused to enter into negotiations with La Liga giants Barcelona about their 25-year-old attacker.

The Spanish side have already failed with three offers to sign the Brazil international in the summer transfer window.

Barcelona are rumoured to be ready to return with a £136m bid to sign the South American before next week’s transfer deadline day.

Coutinho has handed in a transfer request but Liverpool’s stance hasn’t been altered despite their prize asset being tempted to move to Spain.

The former Inter Milan winger has missed Liverpool’s opening four games of the 2017-18 season with a back injury and then due to illness.

Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson explained what Coutinho must do to secure a move to the four-time European champions.

“Liverpool have been vehement in saying that they don’t want to sell Philippe Coutinho but the latest reported bid from Barcelona is bonkers money,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“If he really wants to leave then I think he will have to come out and say he doesn’t want to play – that is the only thing that will no force the outcome.”

Coutinho scored 13 goals and made seven assists in 31 appearances in the Premier League last season to secure a place in the top four ahead of Arsenal.

The Reds signed Coutinho in an £8.5m deal from Serie A giants Inter Milan in the 2013 January transfer window during Brendan Rodgers’ spell in charge.

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