Pundit claims Coutinho will be no big loss for Liverpool

A large number of Liverpool fans would have rejoiced when the summer transfer window slammed shut and Philippe Coutinho was still at the club.

The Brazilian had been coveted by Barcelona throughout the window, but the Reds stood their ground and kept hold of their key player.

Five months later the saga has reopened, and judging by the widespread reports, Coutinho still harbours a desire to move to the Camp Nou.

The Guardian claims that Barcelona are prepared to pay £140m – the second-highest transfer fee in history – to land the playmaker, who hopes that the sum will be big enough for Liverpool to accept.

The next few weeks are expected to be tense for fans who are desperate to keep Coutinho at the club, but former midfielder Paul Ince thinks that the supporters should not be too worried.

In a column for Paddy Power, the former Liverpool and Manchester United player claimed that already having the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana at Anfield softens the blow of losing Coutinho.

“We’ve seen with Salah’s form, Lallana is back fit and Mane back to his best that Liverpool will be okay without him. Of course, Coutinho will be missed because he’s an outstanding player, but Klopp’s bought well enough for his side to be alright without him. Squad wise Liverpool have enough there to not miss Coutinho.”