Jamie Redknapp replies when asked if Philippe Coutinho will stay at Liverpool
The former Liverpool star doesn't expect Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho to remain at the Merseyside outfit
Jamie Redknapp believes Philippe Coutinho will leave Liverpool to move to Barcelona this summer.
The Brazil international has been heavily linked with a move to the Catalan side in recent weeks despite Jurgen Klopp insisting the number 10 is not for sale.
Barcelona are thought to be ready to sign Coutinho as a replacement for Neymar after the Brazil striker completed a world-record £198m move to Paris Saint-Germain last week.
The 25-year-old scored 13 goals and made seven assists in 31 appearances in the Premier League last season to help the Reds to secure a return to the Champions League.
Indeed, Coutinho netted seven times in Liverpool’s final 10 top-flight games to help the Merseyside outfit to finish in fourth place ahead of Arsenal.
The Brazilian star moved to Liverpool in an £8.5m deal from Serie A giants Inter Milan in the 2013 January transfer window under Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers.
Former Liverpool captain Redknapp has made a gloomy prediction about Coutinho’s future at the five-time European champions.
“I am not convinced [he will stay]. I think it all depends on what happens now with him,” Redknapp told The Debate on Sky Sports on Monday night.
“If he is the sort of boy that will sit back and say, ‘OK I will stay…’. But things can change so quickly, all of a sudden he knows what he can get from Barcelona.
“There is an opportunity to go and play with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez.
“Very difficult to turn down. And this is a once-in-lifetime [opportunity], you only get one career, so if he wants to push this through and like Van Dijk says: ‘I want to go, you have to let me go,’ it becomes difficult.
“This is the same as Van Dijk – he feels he is going to go to a better club.”
Coutinho hasn’t won silverware during his four-and-a-half season stay at Anfield after finishing as a runner-up in the Premier League, the Europa League and the EFL Cup.
Liverpool will take on German side Hoffenheim in the Champions League play-off later this month in a bid to secure a place in the group-stage draw.