Philippe Coutinho & Barcelona
It’s been much more than six months of chatter of claims that Philippe Coutinho could leave Liverpool to join Barcelona.
And the rumours are still going on Sunday, as the Mirror queue up to tell Liverpool fans that Coutinho is still determined to move to the Camp Nou.
The big question in the Mirror is not whether Coutinho will join Barcelona. That seems inevitable.
Instead it’s a question of when.
Could it be as early as January? Coutinho appears keen to make a La Liga switch as soon as possible, yet the red-top say the Brazilian will stay at Anfield until the end of the season on one condition:
Philippe Coutinho wants assurances from Liverpool that he will be allowed to join Barcelona next summer.
The Catalans again expected to return for Coutinho next month, the player wants a guarantee from Anfield that he will be allowed to switch to Spain once the summer window opens.
That compromise agreement would allow the playmaker to concentrate on Anfield until the end of the season and then switch to La Liga.
Will Liverpool give Coutinho such assurances?
That’s unclear, as the Brazilian is under contract with the Reds for several more years.
Liverpool vs Everton
The Meyerside rivals both enter Sunday’s clash hoping to make it three consecutive wins.
The Reds’ attacking quartet have been devastating as of late and are more than likely to bring goals to the game.
However, Everton’s quietly, strong start under new manager Sam Allardyce suggests they will stay up and a big result for the Blues is due.
Having reached the Champions League last 16, seeing off Spartak Moscow in a 7-0 win, Jurgen Klopp’s side are high on confidence.
Liverpool are seeking a second straight win in the league and will be hoping to add their tally of 12 goals in their last two outings.
Meanwhile wins over West Ham and Huddersfield have seen the Toffees steer well clear of the bottom three, entering the Premier League’s top half.
Alberto Moreno is a major doubt after suffering an ankle injury against Spartak Moscow.
Leighton Baines remains a doubt as he continues to struggle with a calf strain.
Long-term absentees Martin Stekelenburg, Ross Barkley, Yannick Bolasie, Funes Mori, Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy all remain sidelined.