Tongues were set wagging when Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho’s poster was removed from the shop window of the club’s official store. The news emerged on Twitter, and instantly, social media was awash with rumours that the midfielder is on the verge of joining Barcelona
Coutinho has been strongly linked with a move to Barca ever since his countryman Neymar left the Catalan club in favour of PSG for a mammoth £198m.
Barcelona have reportedly submitted two bids to lure Coutinho away from Anfield, but Liverpool have not only rejected both the offers, but they clearly stated that they don’t have any plans of selling their best player in the transfer window.
Despite Liverpool remaining firm in their stance, Coutinho handed a transfer request last week, and the Catalan powerhouse is reportedly preparing a final offer worth a whopping £137m.
Coutinho poster taken down at the Liverpool store. Almost certainly means he's gone. pic.twitter.com/17RAEmqhLB
— Öliver. (@UtdOliver) August 12, 2017
As the future of the 25-year-old looks increasingly uncertain, Liverpool’s club store from Williamson square has now added further fuel to the flames, by taking Coutinho’s photo down from their window display. A fan uploaded the clip on Twitter, and it instantly sparked panic from the Reds fans.
To make things worse, Coutinho has been left out of the Liverpool squad that will play Champions League play-off first leg against Hoffenheim.
As per UEFA rules, Coutinho’s participation in the play-off would not jeopardise a move in the current transfer window, as the midfielder will remain eligible to feature for another club in the next month’s Champions League group-stage.
The former Inter player has already missed Liverpool’s 3-3 draw with Watford on Saturday due to the back injury, and it is no doubt that his absence once again will be a big blow for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Written by Kunal Kambli
An introverted grammar pedantic who worships football and loves writing about it. Part of the BlameFootball team since 2016.