Balague: Coutinho told a 'key' Liverpool player he wants to come to Anfield

Liverpool are looking at Inter Milan's Phillipe Coutinho. The transfer is taking another twist...

The Telegraph reported late last night that Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Phillipe Coutinho, with the Reds ready to meet Inter's £8 million price tag.

It's not quite cut and dry though, with Italian outlet SkySport 24 quoting Coutinho as saying: "I don't feel that I'm on my way out, I hope to stay at Inter. I feel the coach and the club trust me. Now I'm focused only on doing my best in my job and getting back on the field soon."

Liverpool fans we recommend just sitting back and watching this one unfold. There's probably a few more twists and turns to come, and even now our assessment is the move is no more certain than 50-50. But here's another twist to the potential deal.

If it does unfold, Liverpool will have quite a player on their hands, so says Guillem Balague, who wrote on his Sulia page last night: "If Liverpool finally gets Coutinho for £8m, they would have got a bargain...Very interesting exciting prospect for Liverpool!"

He also offered an explanation for Coutinho's 'stay' comments, and revealed the very reason for the initiation of the move: "Coutinho told Sky Italia that he would prefer to stay at Inter but also to a key Liverpool player that he wants to come to Anfield. That conversation started the transfer process -you don't try hard for a player if you don't think he wants to come."

That's certainly interesting; Balague is a close pal of former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez and has better links with the Reds than almost any other English club thanks to their recent history of bringing in Spanish players during the 'Rafa-lution'.

So who is the 'key' player who has told the club of Coutinho's wishes?

We can only speculate right now, but at a guess we would suggest Lucas - Purely on the fact he and Coutinho share the same nationality, and we can't quite picture Steven Gerrard and Coutinho having each other's phone numbers.

The only other members of Liverpool's first team squad to have played in Serie A are Fabio Borini and Alexander Doni, but neither crossed paths directly with Coutinho and we're not quite sure they qualify as being 'key players.'

Whoever it is, if the move comes off, Liverpool will have them to thank, proving the old adage of 'its not what you know, but who you know', which gets you places.

Is Lucas the key player Balague is talking about?

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