Liverpool: Brazilian wants Coutinho in Spain; Lucas discusses exit; Under 23s face United
Former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo has spoken out to express his belief that the latest Brazilian prodigy, Phillipe Coutinho, should follow in his footsteps and join Real Madrid. He told Spanish radio station Onda Cero:
“I would like to see Coutinho at Real Madrid, the Liverpool player. Spanish football is, without doubt, the best in history. It has always bought the best [players] and produced the most beautiful football.”
The Brazilian is in demand, having been linked with the likes of Barcelona and their Spanish rivals in Madrid, as well as Paris Saint Germain, Juventus and a host of top European clubs. For now, Coutinho seems happy on Merseyside having completed his move from Inter Milan in 2013, but it may take a strong season and Champions League finish to retain him for another year.
However, an exit for one of his compatriots at the club seems inevitable after midfielder Lucas Leiva has spoken out about his potential move in the summer. The Brazilian was expected to complete a move to Galatasaray before the deadline, but Jurgen Klopp insisted that he remained with concerns over squad depth. Lucas told ESPN:
“There really were a few exit opportunities, they ended up not happening, Liverpool didn’t feel comfortable to seal a deal. For the time I’ve been here, I respected the club and stayed for another year, for this season, starting my tenth season for the club, which is a very cool mark.”
With just one Premier League start to date, even with that game coming in central defence, out of position, Lucas seems set to depart in the summer. Now he has become a cult hero at the club, Lucas will always be welcomed back by fans regardless of how big a role he plays under Klopp this season.
Just 24 hours after a dull draw between Liverpool and Manchester United in the Premier League, the two sides met in Premier League 2 action as Liverpool fielded a strong under 23s side including the likes of Mamadou Sakho, Marko Grujic and Danny Ings. Harry Wilson’s strike was the highlight of the game as it was yet another draw, this time finishing 1-1.
Liverpool enjoyed the better chances and were unlucky not to come away the victors, much like Monday night’s tie, but the strong line-up failed to convert opportunities into goals for Michael Beale.
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