Sadio Mane makes admission to Liverpool FC fans about Philippe Coutinho
Sadio Mane talks up the importance of Liverpool FC keeping hold of Philippe Coutinho this summer
Sadio Mane has admitted that it was vitally important for Liverpool to keep hold of Philippe Coutinho beyond the summer transfer window.
The Brazilian playmaker’s future was a relentless source of speculation throughout the summer transfer window as he was touted as a target for Barcelona in the closing stages of the off-season.
However, Liverpool refused to do business with the Spanish side and opted to keep Coutinho at the club beyond the summer.
The 25-year-old has now been restored to the first team under Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool fans will now be keen to see him hit top form in the coming weeks and months.
And Liverpool striker Mane has talked up the importance of the Reds managing to keep hold of one of their top players.
Speaking in an interview with ESPN FC, Mane said: “It was not only important to me, but also to the whole club, that Phil is staying here.
“He is one of our best players, an important player, and we are happy to see him stay with us.”
Coutinho will be expecting to start for Liverpool when the Reds return to Premier League action on Saturday afternoon with a trip to Leicester City.
The Reds suffered a disappointing 2-0 loss to the Foxes in midweek when they were dumped out of the League Cup by Craig Shakespeare’s side.
Liverpool will then return to Champions League action next week when they take on Spartak Moscow in Russia.