Jason McAteer claims Liverpool FC transfer could already be agreed

Jason McAteer reckons that a deal could already be in place for Philippe Coutinho to sign from Liverpool FC for Barcelona next summer

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Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho Photo: The Sport Review

Liverpool could already have agreed a deal with Barcelona to sell Philippe Coutinho, according to Jason McAteer.

The Brazilian playmaker was relentlessly linked with a transfer to Barcelona during the summer months but Liverpool remained firm and opted not to sell the 25-year-old.

Coutinho was clearly keen on a move to Camp Nou and even handed in a transfer request in a bid to force through a switch.

However, Liverpool got their way and were able to keep hold of their talismanic attacker beyond the summer.

The January transfer window is now fast approaching and there is bound to be plenty of fresh speculation linking Coutinho with a move to Camp Nou.

However, former Liverpool star McAteer reckons that a deal could already have been agreed between the two clubs for Coutinho to move to Barcelona next summer.

Speaking to beIN Sports, McAteer said: “Do you want me to be completely honest? I think Coutinho will go in the summer.

“I think it was another Suarez situation. I think it was: ‘Give me [Jurgen Klopp] another season. Just give me one more season.’

“And, at the end of the day, you would feel Coutinho would worry whether Barcelona would come back for him.

“But Coutinho was never a Neymar replacement. Coutinho is an [Andres] Iniesta replacement. That’s what it’s for.

“Iniesta is gonna be there for life. But he’s only got another season. He’s not gonna play consistently next season, or the season after. He’s on his way down, Iniesta. Coutinho, I feel, was always that replacement.

“They will come back for him in the summer. I’ve got no doubt about it.

“I think the deal, possibly, has already been done.”

Liverpool are currently preparing for their Premier League clash against Huddersfield Town at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds head into the game looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League after their humiliating 4-1 loss to Tottenham at Wembley last weekend.

Liverpool finished fourth in the Premier League table under Jurgen Klopp last term.

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