PSG defender David Luiz sends warning to Liverpool regarding Philippe Coutinho future

Liverpool could come under pressure to hold on to Philippe Coutinho.

Paris Saint-Germain defender David Luiz has warned Liverpool that a failure to qualify for the Champions League could see star player Philippe Coutinho move elsewhere, the Mirror report.

The Brazil international opted to remain at Anfield in the summer, despite the club falling short on their target of a top-four spot and ensuing Champions League qualification.

The Reds are once again tasked with the challenge of finishing in the top four this term, and a failure to succeed could bring consequences in regards to Coutinho’s future.

Speaking on his fellow Brazilian, Luiz feels the playmaker has an abundance of talent and would be a welcome addition in Paris, or at any other leading European club.

“Coutinho made the choice to stay at Liverpool without Champions League football this season. I don’t think he will make that choice again,” Luiz explained.

“The best need to be playing with the best. Coutinho is the best midfield player in England right now. That is great for him, but when you play at that level the big clubs will notice you.

“If Liverpool don’t qualify this season for the Champions League, I am sure he will be the most in demand player in Europe next summer.”

Inevitable departure even if a return to Europe’s elite occurs:

Should Liverpool finish in the top four, it will provide the Reds with an opportunity to bring in proven talent and send a message to their better players that they have the means to compete.

However, Coutinho, being of South American origin, arguably already has his heart set on a move to one of Europe’s most prestigious clubs, and an Anfield departure will become inevitable.

The Merseysiders suffered a similar fate when Luis Suarez left for Barcelona, and should Coutinho follow a similar trajectory and reach superstardom, it won’t be long before Barcelona, Real Madrid or PSG come calling.

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