‘Liverpool can completely rebuild their defence if they sell Philippe Coutinho in January’, says former Reds midfielder Charlie Adam
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Thursday, October 12, 2017
Former Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam believes Philippe Coutinho could leave the club in January – and that it could be a good thing for the Reds in the long-run.
Barca have confirmed they will make another attempt to sign the Brazilian playmaker when the transfer window reopens in the New Year, having had three bids – the biggest in excess of £110million – rejected by the Merseysiders in the summer.
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Liverpool refused to do business with Barca in the summer, insisting their star man was not for sale for any price, and they are expected to maintain that stance in January.
But Adam believes the Reds can use the situation to their advantage and could sell the 25-year-old to finance a much-needed overhaul of their dismal defence.
“This is what happens when you’ve got one of the best players in the world,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“It’s going to just see how long the Liverpool owners stay strong – can they afford to not let him go in the January window?
“I think if they’re nowhere near winning the league, he will go.
“The money they’re talking about – £120million – that’s a rebuilding job!
“That will buy them the four defenders and a goalkeeper they probably need.”