Barcelona management are encouraged by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s decision to bench Philipp Coutinho yesterday.
Klopp chose to start the derby against Everton with Coutinho among his substitutes – and only turned to the Brazilian with less than 15 minutes of the 1-1 draw to play.
Sport says Coutinho and his camp are seething over Klopp’s decision, with claims the derby is one of the games the Brazilian most looks forward to. Coutinho is baffled by Klopp’s decision and it’s claimed it will only accelerate his departure from Anfield.
The latest from Spain is Liverpool are prepared to sell next month for £120m – a price deemed too steep by Barca. The LaLiga leaders would prefer to do business for £90m.