Andy Townsend sends message to Liverpool fans about replacing Philippe Coutinho

Andy Townsend warns that Liverpool will have to pay over the odds to replace Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho Photo: The Sport Review

Andy Townsend has warned Jurgen Klopp that Liverpool will have to pay over the odds to replace Philippe Coutinho.

The Reds are looking to fend off interest from La Liga giants Barcelona in the current transfer window.

The Catalan side are rumoured to have made two bids for the Brazil international but Liverpool are holding firm.

The Merseyside outfit have struggled to get deals over the line to sign some of their top targets.

RB Leipzig refused to sell Guinea international Naby Keita to the Reds, while Liverpool have been unable to reach an agreement to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

Liverpool could struggle to sign a replacement for the South American should the Reds decide to sell the 25-year-old to Barcelona.

Former Chelsea defender Townsend warned Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp that the Reds could end paying over the odds for potential summer targets.

“Before Klopp gets Coutinho in the office and says he can go, the money they want to spend, they want to know they’re going to land what they’re going for,” Townsend told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“The clock is ticking. it’s not easy to get deals. The players they want to buy have gone up another £5m because the clubs know Liverpool are close to the Coutinho deal.

“They will be trying to spend that money now. Their recruitment department will be trying to spend the money right now.”

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

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

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