Coutinho "has lost the trust of Klopp" after submitting transfer request

Philippe Coutinho and Gary Lineker

Jack Hallows brings you his replacement picks if Liverpool do opt to take the option of selling Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho this summer.

Liverpool's owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) were left red-faced on Friday when reports emerged suggesting Coutinho had handed in a transfer request moments after they released a statement unequivocally outlining their intention not to sell him.

The creative midfielder has expressed his desire to join the Spanish giants, who have received sufficient funds to pay for him following the £198m sale of Neymar to PSG.

"He has tremendous love for the club and its fans, but like Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez have pointed out in the past, Liverpool does not let its players leave on amicable terms".

The Philippe Coutinho transfer saga just seems to drag on and on with no end in sight for Barcelona. But I don't think so because I think it was pretty clear what the club, FSG, said about it.

Barcelona have turned their attention to Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen after negotiations with Liverpool fell through for the signing of Philippe Coutinho. Coutinho is reportedly viewed by the Barcelona hierarchy as the preferred choice to succeed Iniesta, but according to The Independent, Eriksen is also viewed as well suited to the club's style of play.

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With all the talk surrounding the future of Coutinho, it was his Brazil team-mate who stirred Liverpool here.

What they saidLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "They didn't create too much with the ball but of course they scored two goals and in a specific situation where everyone will say, "Oh, it was a set-piece".

It'll be a busy one, as Liverpool has earned a Champions League bid for the first time in his tenure.

For a bit of "fun", I chose to have a look for some suitable replacements for the Brazilian and came up with the following shortlist if Liverpool does decide to let Coutinho go this summer. He was not in training since last Friday.

The Southampton defender has himself attempted to force a move this summer and will likely be Klopp's top priority if Coutinho completes a switch to the Nou Camp. That's how life is.

"I said he's not that type of player - but I don't know what that means when you say that".

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