Forget Raheem, keeping Philippe Coutinho more important for Liverpool

Manchester City have been linked with a £35 million bid for the Brazilian playmaker, which the Reds must rebuff.

Raheem Sterling’s future at Liverpool has been a point of contention since his infamous interview with the BBC, however another of the Reds’ star players is being linked with an Anfield exit today.

The Manchester Evening News state that Manchester City are weighing up a £35 million summer bid for Philippe Coutinho on the back of his impressive recent showings.

The Brazil international has scored  winning goals against the Etihad Stadium outfit at Anfield in the last two seasons and has been in sparkling form of late for Brendan Rodgers’ men.

With City’s season stuttering and a summer revamp likely, a move for Coutinho would certainly make sense.

The South American has the vision, energy and attacking threat to breath life into a tiring City midfield and his combination play with the likes of David Silva and Sergio Aguero would be mouthwatering.

However, despite the importance of Sterling to the Liverpool cause, losing Coutinho would arguably be an even bigger blow to the Merseyside club.

The former Inter playmaker has been pulling the strings for the Reds in recent months, with his range of passing and eye for a killer pass being a key factor in Sterling excelling in the team’s attack.

With Coutinho getting national recognition in the senior Brazil set-up and seemingly happy at the club, rebuffing any attempts from City, regardless of the money on offer, is a move Liverpool must make at the earliest opportunity.

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