Pundit claims to know what will happen with Philippe Coutinho and Liverpool

Paul Merson is tipping Philippe Coutinho to sign for Barcelona from Liverpool before the close of the summer transfer window

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Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho Photo: The Sport Review

Paul Merson is convinced that Liverpool will end up selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

The Brazilian’s situation has been a relentless source of speculation in recent weeks after he emerged as a prime target for Barcelona.

Liverpool are understood to be firm in their stance of not wanting to sell the 25-year-old this summer, with Coutinho having committed his future to the Reds by signing a new five-year contract back in January.

However, the player himself is thought to be desperate for a move to Camp Nou and was widely reported to have handed in a transfer request earlier this month in a bid to try and force through a move.

And former Arsenal star Merson feels certain that Coutinho will end up signing for Barcelona from Liverpool before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Writing in his column for the Daily Star, Merson said: “I still think Philippe Coutinho will go. It’s only a matter of time. Barcelona have been a bit casual and just expected Liverpool to roll over.

“They just think they can sign anyone. They will have to pay so much for him now it’s ridiculous. It will make Neymar look good value.

“But now Liverpool are into the Champions League group stage I think they’ll sell.

“He wants to go, and for that sort of money you’d drop him off.”

Liverpool are currently preparing to take on Arsenal in their crunch Premier League clash at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds head into the game fresh from having booked their place in the group stage of the Champions League with a 6-3 aggregate win over Hoffenheim in the play-off round last week.

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