Dean Saunders optimistic Liverpool could target Tottenham pair if Philippe Coutinho leaves

Liverpool FC midfielder Philippe Coutinho (L) competes for the ball with Leicester City FC defender Harry Maguire during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between Liverpool FC and...

Dean Saunders wants Liverpool to target Tottenham Hotspur pair Dele Alli and Harry Kane if Philippe Coutinho leaves Anfield.

Dean Saunders has told The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT (broadcast 10th August 2017; 7:11 am) that Liverpool should target Tottenham pair Harry Kane and Dele Alli if they end up selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona this summer.

Coutinho appears to be the man that the Catalan giants want in the wake of Neymar's move to Paris Saint-Germain, with BBC Sport reporting that the Reds have knocked back two offers from Barca for the Brazilian, with the most recent totalling £90 million.

Liverpool FC midfielder Philippe Coutinho (L) competes for the ball with Leicester City FC defender Harry Maguire during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between Liverpool FC and...

Former Reds striker Saunders believes that if Coutinho does end up switching Merseyside for the Nou Camp, Jurgen Klopp should turn his attention to one of their Premier League rivals, and interestingly believes that Kane or Alli may find it difficult to turn a move down.

"If they got £120 million tomorrow, if I was Klopp, I'd make an offer for Dele Alli or Harry Kane because Tottenham seem to be selling players, they're available," he told The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT.

"What does Dele Alli do then if he knows Liverpool are interested in him and they can treble his wages? They'd improve Liverpool, them two."

It may seem an incredible suggestion on Saunders' part to suggest that Liverpool should go for either Alli or Kane if their transfer budget is bolstered by a nine-figure fee, but based on some of the events that have taken place during this window - including Neymar's move to PSG - it may be a suggestion that leaves Spurs fans feeling a little uneasy.

Kyle Walker has moved to one of their title rivals, while Danny Rose has seemingly put himself in the shop window - intentionally or not - with his extraordinary comments in The Sun, so perhaps it would be foolish to completely rule out the possibility of Liverpool targeting and signing one of the players Saunders mentioned if they do end up selling Coutinho to Barcelona, even if it does seem incredibly unlikely - particularly for Kane - at this moment.

Harry Kane (R) of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his teams third goal with Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West...Harry Kane and Dele Alli

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