Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes his old club could still lose star man Philippe Coutinho to FC Barcelona, despite the player signing a new long-term contract, via the Daily Mail.
The Premier League side, who missed out on the 2017 EFL Cup final next month after being knocked out by Southampton in the semi-finals on Wednesday night, have handed the Brazil international a new five-year deal worth more than £200,000-a-week following his impressive performances this term.
The 24-year-old, who has 23 international caps for his country, has scored six goals and provided seven assists in 19 appearances in all competitions for The Reds so far this season.
Despite committing his future to Anfield, ex-Liverpool defender Carragher insists the midfielder could still have his head turned by the likes of La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Speaking ahead of last night’s EFL Cup clash, Carragher said on Sky Sports, “We’ve had plenty of players in the past Liverpool who have signed big contracts then moved on.
“If Coutinho wasn’t happy he wouldn’t sign a contract. We hear there’s no release clause which again doesn’t mean everything.
“Liverpool are no different to every other club in world football besides two. If Barcelona or Real Madrid come for one of your players and pay what you want, they’re going, because 99 per cent of players want to play for those two clubs.
“If that happens, it means, if they’re unbelievable for Liverpool, then you have to thank him, as we did with Luis Suarez.”