Philippe Coutinho set to join Barcelona?

It seems certain now that Philippe Coutinho is set to leave Liverpool for Barcelona in January.

Recent reports have claimed that the deal is imminent and that the Brazilian will sit out of Reds’ FA Cup tie against Merseyside-rivals Everton.

According to Sky Sports journalist Guillem Balague, Liverpool have also softened their stance over their 25-year-old star, and they are ready to talk to the Catalans.

Balague claims that the Catalans, who comfortably sit at the summit of La Liga, will soon make an offer worth (€110m+£40m) for Coutinho. It remains to be seen whether that offer would be deeed sufficient by the Reds, who themselves have spent massively on Virgil van Dijk this month.

The Spanish journalist has also suggested that Liverpool would want to sign Coutinho’s replacement, and might consider calling Naby Keita from RB Leipzig early.

Coutinho’s departure will definitely leave a big hole in Jurgen Klopp’s side, and club-legend Jamie Carragher has advised the club against letting the player leave in January.

The Brazilian’s departure would surely put dampen the celebrations surrounding Van Dijk’s arrival at Anfield. However, following the last summer, it was only a matter of time, and, now the only question that remains is whether he will leave now or in the summer?

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