Mark Lawrenson suggests Alexis Sanchez for Liverpool

Raheem Sterling (C) of Manchester City controls the ball under pressure of Alexis Sanchez (L) and Granit Xhaka (R) of Arsenal  during the Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final match between Arsenal...

Should Liverpool make a move for Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez if Philippe Coutinho leaves for Barcelona in the summer transfer window?

Mark Lawrenson has suggested to BBC Sport that Liverpool should make a move for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez in the summer transfer window if Philippe Coutinho leaves.

According to Sky Sports, Coutinho has put in a transfer request at Liverpool, with Spanish and European giants Barcelona interested in the attacking midfielder.

It has been reported that the Reds have turned down two bids for the Brazil international from Barcelona, and that they have rejected the 25-year-old’s transfer request.

Liverpool legend Lawrenson, who now works as a pundit for BBC Sport, has suggested that if Coutinho leaves for Barcelona, then they could use part of that money to sign Sanchez from Arsenal.

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

Sanchez, who can operate as a forward or as a winger, is one of the best players in the Premier League.

The Chile international has been at Arsenal since 2014 when he joined from Barcelona, but the 28-year-old’s current contract with the North London outfit runs until June 2018, according to Transfermarkt.co.uk.

According to The Daily Star, Sanchez earns £140,000 per week at Arsenal at the moment.

“I would keep him if you could because he is a very good player but I honestly don't see Coutinho as indispensable, certainly not in the way that Luis Suarez was for Liverpool,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“If they sold him, as well as getting Van Dijk and Keita they could go and put in a bid for Alexis Sanchez as well.”

Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on May 21, 2017 in London, England.

Arsenal kicked off their 2017-18 Premier League campaign with a 4-3 victory over Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium in North London on Friday evening.

Stan Collymore was following the match, and the former Liverpool striker was not impressed with the way the Gunners defended.

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