Liverpool: Coutinho's agent hoping for move; Southampton sensation targeted; referee revelation
Club hero and former assistant manager Phil Thompson has spoken to reveal that he believes that Phillipe Coutinho’s agent is working hard to angle for a move to Spain, amid speculation linking him with Barcelona and Real Madrid, as he said:
“He could play and you could see him fitting in the Barcelona or Real Madrid team. I am being serious, he has that much ability, great technique. And he has become that big star and of course once you start getting something, you do hear that all the big Spanish clubs will be chasing him, so his agent has been working extra hard in the last couple of weeks.”
The Brazilian has been enjoying some of the best form of his life of late at Anfield, with his quality performances becoming more consistent and his goal tally continuing to improve alongside his assist count and trickery on the ball.
The Mirror report that Liverpool could be set to steal another talent from the south coast as they prepare a move for Southampton sensation Sam McQueen. Leicester are also said to be tracking the 21-year-old, who has broken into the team at left-back, as the Reds see him as a replacement for Alberto Moreno who has a bright future ahead of him, and he may come cheap with only 18 months left on his current contract.
Previously an attacking midfielder with the reserves and on loan at Southend United in League 1 before filling a gap in an injury crisis for Claude Puel. McQueen may not yet have proven himself at Premier League level with just a handful of games under his belt, but he will be one to keep an eye on in the near future.
Retired referee Howard Webb believes that he has a tip for teams visiting Anfield, as he revealed in his recently released book, Man in the Middle:
“Some players failed to understand the implications of the choice of ends, too. Put it this way, if I’d been a visiting captain who’d won the toss at Anfield, I’d have forced Liverpool to kick towards the away end in the second half rather than have the Kop sucking in a last-minute goal. A fair few captains didn’t grasp this, though, or didn’t seem to give it much thought.”
Webb was a controversial figure at Anfield throughout much of his career, largely due to beliefs on the terraces that he gave Manchester United preferential treatment.
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