Barcelona given green light in Philippe Coutinho pursuit by Liverpool — Transfer News

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Barcelona are "looking for alternatives" after Neymar's world-record departure to Paris Saint-Germain, according to president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who revealed plans for the Brazilian forward's £200m transfer fee.

But reports in Spain suggest that the Reds are understood to be willing to offer the Portugal international, 24, a potential career lifeline this summer.

The Reds eventually recorded a 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao in Dublin; with Roberto Firmino, Ben Woodburn and Dominic Solanke wrapping up the German's preparations for his second full season at Anfield.

Things haven't gone to plan for Barcelona in the current transfer window thus far.

West Ham will travel to Old Trafford on Sunday for their opening game of the new season against Manchester United.

"Adam Lallana's injury is a huge blow, because he was a player in great form and confidence", Gerrard added.

"There were two draws, okay one of them we lost on penalties to Atletico Madrid".

"The word 'not' means there is no interpretation".

However, it is understood that Liverpool are still hopeful Coutinho will remain at the club, with manager Jurgen Klopp under absolutely no obligation to sell.

The news comes after Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had stressed that Sanchez was not going to be leaving, with the club running the risk that he could leave on a free transfer when his transfer expires next year.

The key word in that tweet is "amicably." . Liverpool need to stick to their guns over Coutinho and force Barcelona to look at other options. The Russian federation have been banned for their state-sponsored doping system, but athletes like Gatlin are allowed to return despite being banned twice for transgressing.

Jurgen Klopp is desperate to keep hold of his talisman but knows he could be facing a losing battle with Coutinho's heart set at the Nou Camp. "If they can learn how to break teams down at home and defend a bit better, I think they are a force".

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