John Barnes comments on Philippe Coutinho’s future

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Liverpool attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho has been linked with Barcelona.

John Barnes has written on that he will not be too disappointed if Philippe Coutinho leaves Liverpool.

The Daily Mail recently quoted a report in Sport claiming that Brazil international attacking midfielder Coutinho is on the radar of Spanish giants Barcelona.

“While much of the talk has been about Klopp coming in, there is a little bit of speculation surrounding Philippe Coutinho,” former Liverpool star Barnes wrote on

“Barcelona are the side showing an interest, which is a worry given that the club have lost the likes of Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling in recent memory to clubs in Champions League action.

“Can Klopp keep him at the club? I think the issue is bigger than the manager, with the ambitions of the player always the vital factor. Coutinho is a fantastic footballer, but if he wants to go I won’t be hugely disappointed. It’s his decision.”

Coutinho is arguably the best player at Liverpool at the moment and is the team's creator-in-chief.

Last season, the 23-year-old scored five goals and created 58 chances in 35 Premier League appearances.

So far this term, the former Inter Milan man has found the target just once and has created only seven chances in seven league matches.

It will not come as a surprise to anyone if Coutinho decides to leave Liverpool next summer or even in the January transfer window.

While Liverpool are one of the biggest clubs of England, failure to feature in the Champions League and show lofty ambitions could be a major factor in the Brazilian’s decision over his future.

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