Tuesday 26 September 2017

'Signing a new contract doesn't mean Philippe Coutinho won't leave Liverpool' - Jamie Carragher

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho
Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho
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Despite having only just signed a new contract at Anfield worth more than £200,000 per week, Liverpool could still lose Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, according to club legend Jamie Carragher. .

Coutinho's new deal ties the player to Liverpool until 2022 and crucially there is no release clause, which had appeared to end rumours of a possible move to Barcelona for the Brazilian

But as it turns out, these are rumours that simply will not go away. Because speaking on Sky Sports on Wednesday night, Carragher said a new contract does not rule out the prospect of Coutinho following former Reds hero Luis Suarez to Catalonia.

"We've had plenty of players in the past Liverpool who have signed big contracts then moved on," Carragher said ahead of Liverpool's EFL Cup semi-final second-leg against Southampton.

"If Coutinho wasn't happy he wouldn't sign a contract. We hear there's no release clause which again doesn't mean everything.

"Liverpool are no different to every other club in world football besides two. If Barcelona or Real Madrid come for one of your players and pay what you want, they're going, because 99 per cent of players want to play for those two clubs.

"If that happens, it means, if they're unbelievable for Liverpool, then you have to thank him, as we did with Luis Suarez."

Meanwhile, Reports in France claim that Liverpool are battling it out with Merseyside rivals Everton for the signature of £8.5million rated Angers forward Nicolas Pepe.

L'Equipe claims that Liverpool and Everton are both keen on the Ivorian, who is also attracting interest from Newcastle United and Marseille.

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