Will Philippe Coutinho still be a Liverpool player by the time the transfer window closes on August 31?
This is the 64 million dollar question; the question each and every concerned Liverpool fan is asking themselves right now.
It was revealed on Monday that the Brazilian playmaker does want to move to the Camp Nou, but only if a deal can be done amicably with Liverpool.
This was reported by Sky Sports, who understand Coutinho will “not rock the boat” at Anfield in order to force through a move to Barça.
However, the Catalan giants have identified the 25-year-old as their number one target following the £200 million sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, and now have the funds to make the deal work for all parties.
Liverpool, though, are determined to keep Coutinho, who has been one of the Reds’ standout performers over recent seasons.
Ultimately, whether the deal happens this month is likely to depend on Coutinho himself.
GERRARD HAS HIS SAY ON THE COUTINHO SITUATION
Coutinho’s former teammate Steven Gerrard was asked about the situation on BT Sport on Tuesday evening.
“It’s a dream for these South American players,” Gerrard was quoted as saying by the Mirror when asked about the possibility of Liverpool losing Coutinho to Barcelona. “I’ve experienced it before – both as a fan and player – with Mascherano and Suarez.
“It is a very difficult situation for the club to be in.
“The good thing from Liverpool’s point of view is that the manager is desperate to keep hold of him and the owners want him to stay.
“This is not a situation where Liverpool need money or need to cash in.
“We are not a selling club so they will do everything in their powers for him to stay.
“But it comes down to Philippe Coutinho and his decision, what he is prepared to do, what type of war he is going to create to get out because Liverpool won’t make it easy for him.”
SCHOLES TROLLS LIVERPOOL FANS OVER COUTINHO
BT Sport host Jake Humphrey then asked Gerrard, along with the former England international’s co-pundits Paul Scholes and Steve McManaman, whether Coutinho would be at Barcelona or Liverpool on September 1.
“Liverpool.” McManaman responded.
Scholes, however, couldn’t resist trolling Liverpool fans: “Hopefully Barça,” he said with a cheeky smile.
EVEN STEVEN GERRARD LAUGHED
Both McManaman and Gerrard, to be fair to them, saw the funny side and laughed.
“I pray he is at Liverpool,” Gerrard added.
VIDEO: SCHOLES TROLLS LIVERPOOL FANS OVER COUTINHO
You can watch the funny moment by skipping to 15:55 in this video…