“I feel that Coutinho was always his replacement and they will come back for him in the summer. I’ve got no doubt about it. I think the deal may have possibly already been done.”

Although Liverpool have several other impressive creative and attacking players, losing Coutinho would still represent a significant setback for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

So far this season Coutinho has scored twice and created 15 chances in the Premier League, while the midfielder has retained possession very well, completing 85 per cent of his attempted passes.

Liverpool, who are in ninth place in the Premier League, host Huddersfield Town tomorrow afternoon as they look to bounce back from the 4-1 defeat they suffered against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.