Liverpool legend Phil Thompson believes that his former side must look to sell Philippe Coutinho this summer, with Barcelona looking to sign the player.
The Catalans have had two bids rejected by Liverpool and this has prompted Coutinho to put in a transfer request to leave, despite the club reiterating their stance on not letting him leave.
However, Thompson claims that despite Coutinho's quality, Liverpool must not keep any player who does not want to play for the club and should sell the Brazilian to Barcelona.
Phil Thompson saying Coutinho won't get as much playing time at Barca 樂— Aiden Forrester (@aidenf05) August 5, 2017
Speaking to Sky Sports News, as reported by the Daily Star, Thompson said,
He continued, “If you’re asking me my opinion, any player who says they don’t want to play for you, as soon as the transfer request came out, I don’t want players who are not committed."
However, Thompson wants his former club to make the Brazil international 'sweat' before agreeing to the sale.
Philippe Coutinho doesn't want to play for Liverpool again. No going back. Relationship with manager not great. LFC still in strong position— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 11, 2017
Thompson continued, “I know it’s Barcelona and I know people will go ‘well that’s the ultimate end game for him’ but I still pride my club and if he doesn’t want to play for them, make it difficult for him but in the end get the best money possible, even on the last day of the transfer window."
"Make him sweat and then take as much as money as they can.