Barcelona hope to meet up with Liverpool
It’s two wins in two matches for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool.
Following the disappointing 3-3 draw away at Watford last weekend, Liverpool has rebounded with two positive results.
Last week the Reds won 2-1 at Hoffenheim in the Champions League, while they followed that up with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Those back to back victories teed up another big week for the club. Firstly they need to finish off Hoffenheim in their UCL second leg at Anfield, before Arsenal visit Liverpool next weekend in the Premier League.
At the same time, rumours linking Philippe Coutinho with Barcelona continue non-stop.
Champions League draw
On August 24, the draw for the Champions League group phase will be made in Monaco.
Provided that Liverpool don’t lose against Hoffenheim, they’ll be in the draw.
Sport report that Barcelona plan to sit down with Liverpool at the event to discuss the Coutinho deal.
The meeting is billed as the “final summit” in the Catalans’ attempts to sign Coutinho.
Critically, Sport announce that Liverpool have “agreed to hold the meeting”. That’s counter to the overriding narrative in England, which claims Liverpool are refusing to sit down with Barca over the possible deal.
Barcelona’s fourth Coutinho bid
The Sunday Express have splashed their back page with yet more claims linking Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho with Barcelona.
The saga has now been dragging out for weeks, as Liverpool have made it clear Coutinho is not for sale.
So far Liverpool have rejected three offers from Barca for the Brazilian. The most recent bid was in the region of £114 million.
The Sunday Express believe Barcelona are willing to up their offer to £130 million. But Liverpool are again primed to reject that offer from the Camp Nou.
It’s claimed that FSG will only sell Coutinho for £140 million.
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) August 19, 2017