Mark Lawrenson made brave Liverpool FC prediction about Philippe Coutinho’s future

Mark Lawrenson predicted that Philippe Coutinho wouldn't leave Liverpool FC this month, but his move to Barcelona was confirmed on Saturday

Liverpool FC duo Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho Photo: Philippe Coutinho / Instagram

Mark Lawrenson has been left red-faced after he predicted that Philippe Coutinho wouldn’t leave Liverpool FC in the January transfer window.

Coutinho’s transfer to Barcelona was confirmed on Saturday night, with Liverpool FC thought to be receiving a fee of around £142m for the playmaker.

The Reds star handed in a transfer request last summer but Liverpool FC turned down Barcelona’s approach in favour of keeping the No10, but the move is now set to go through this month.

The 25-year-old attacker has scored seven goals and has made six assists in 14 games in the Premier League this term.

Coutinho has also netted six times and created five goals for his team-mates in the Champions League to help the Reds reach the last 16.

Nike made a PR blunder earlier this month after making available Barcelona shirts with Coutinho on the back available online.

Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson was confident that the Brazilian would stay at Anfield until the end of the season, but he now appears to be completely wrong.

“I don’t think the deal is done. I have no inside knowledge of this but look at the facts,” Lawrenson told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“Barcelona have won the league. He is cup tied so he can’t play in the Champions League.

“Why wouldn’t he get Liverpool as high as possible and then the Liverpool fans would say, ‘Off you go’.”

Liverpool FC signed Coutinho in an £8.5m deal from Serie A giants Inter Milan in the 2013 January transfer window.

The Reds star scored 13 goals and made seven assists in 31 appearances in the Premier League.

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