Liverpool round-up: Lemar interest for January; £183m Coutinho claims; squad confirmed
Liverpool could return to make another approach to Monaco for winger Thomas Lemar according to French newspaper L’Equipe. They insist that the Reds remain interested in the 21-year-old and could make another offer for him in January in the hope of bringing him to Anfield mid-season.
Lemar is reportedly keen on a move to Merseyside, but a deal could not be reached before Thursday’s transfer deadline. It would be a huge operation to bring Lemar to the club and would smash the club’s transfer record set by Naby Keita, so it may be best that the deal was not rushed through.
However, the club were reportedly open to selling Brazilian Philippe Coutinho at a price. That is what Barcelona’s Director of Professional Sports, Albert Soler, said in a press conference on Saturday. The representative of the Catalan club is quoted by the Mirror as saying:
“After weeks of offers [for Coutinho], yesterday Liverpool wanted €200 million (£183 million) for one player. We won’t put the club at risk. We don’t want to get caught up in such an inflated market. Normally it’s traditional clubs that are big actors. Not right now.”
Barcelona did not return with a fourth offer for the number ten and Liverpool have now retained their key man. How he will be reintegrated into the squad remains to be seen, but Coutinho will have to return to Merseyside and at least attempt to make himself available to Jurgen Klopp again.
Coutinho has been included in the squad for their registration for the Premier League, according to the Mirror. They have also included several players who were expected to leave before the end of the transfer window, including fringe players like Jon Flanagan, Adam Bogdan and Lazar Markovic.
Jurgen Klopp is clearly not planning to cut anyone out and leave them isolated as he did with Mamadou Sakho previously. There have been no other surprises in the club’s registration, with new signings like Andrew Robertson, Mohamed Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all included.
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