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​Reds legend Thompson: Liverpool will keep Coutinho, but they shouldn't…

Phil Thompson believes that Philippe Coutinho will remain at Liverpool.

But the Reds legend feels as though the club should try to replace Coutinho with another world class player before the transfer window ends.

He told Sky Sports: "The ideal resolution is that the club will leave it very late and get as much as they can for him. If he doesn't want to stay then I'd rather see him sold for the best price, but the big issue is that there won't be any players near is quality on the market.

"It's probably too late in the window to get somebody in, so I think they'll keep him for a season. Coutinho might argue that Barcelona won't be there again but if you believe you're a top player then a top club will always be interested.

"I think the owners will hold firm. They've backed themselves into a corner with the statements they've made along with Jurgen Klopp's comments, so I just don't see how they can go back on that, especially when the fans are already quite unhappy with the summer transfer business as deals for Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keita are looking increasingly unlikely.

"The comments coming out from Barca saying that a deal is close might be a red flag to a bull, making the owners, who are adamant because of the deal they gave him six months ago, even more focused on standing their ground, so I think they will keep him."

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