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Liverpool hero Thommo: Coutinho can be convinced to stay if...

Liverpool hero Phil Thompson believes reaching the Champions League group phase can convince Philippe Coutinho to stay.

Thompson says if Jurgen Klopp's beat Hoffenheim in the play-off round then it will strengthen the club's hand as they battle to retain his services.

"I think the outcome of the play-off could have a knock-on to Coutinho," Thompson told Sky Sports.

"If things go pear-shaped then he has a pretty good excuse to say: 'Let me go, I want to play in the Champions League. ' It is even more important in that respect.

"If we get through to the group stages then I think the owners - because they put everything at Coutinho's disposal before, giving him a five-year deal and the pay increase that he and his agent asked for - have strong enough grounds to stand firm.

"The owners know it's Barcelona but to them it's a contract signed and until they've got a player who can fill his boots then they have no interest in selling, especially after the way the club was embarrassed with the timing of the transfer request."

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