Martin Keown sends stark warning to Liverpool FC about Philippe Coutinho

The Arsenal legend warns Liverpool FC about keeping Philippe Coutinho at Anfield

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho Photo: The Sport Review

Martin Keown has urged Liverpool to make the most of Philippe Coutinho before the Brazil star finally secures his big-money move.

The Reds managed to keep Coutinho at Anfield beyond the summer transfer window following Barcelona’s interest in the 25-year-old attacking midfielder.

The Spanish giants made a number of offers to sign the Brazilian playmaker but Liverpool refused to consider the sale of the ex Inter Milan midfielder to Barcelona.

Coutinho even handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force through a move to Barcelona but Liverpool stood firm on their number 10’s future at Anfield.

The 25-year-old has scored four goals in five games since returning to Klopp’s starting line-up after finding the net against Leicester City, Spartak Moscow, Newcastle United and Maribor.

Former Arsenal defender Keown believes Liverpool need to make the most of having a player of Coutinho’s quality in their team before the playmaker inevitably secures a move to a bigger club.

“I do not think Liverpool’s squad is strong enough,” Keown told the Daily Mail.

“It was massive to keep hold of Philippe Coutinho but you feel it could only be a matter of time before they lose him.

“With Coutinho, Liverpool need to make hay while the sun is still shining… and hope they don’t lose him in January.”

Coutinho moved to Liverpool in a £8.5m deal from Serie A giants Inter Milan in the 2013 January transfer window alongside England international Daniel Sturridge.

While the former Chelsea forward has struggled to make a lasting impression at Anfield, Coutinho has become a key player for the Reds.

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