Liverpool Legend Hails Liverpool Coutinho Handling
Ex-Liverpool striker Michael Owen thinks that the Reds’ handling of Philippe Coutinho’s contract situation puts them in a strong position ahead of next season, comparing favourably with Alexis Sanchez’s failure to sign a deal at Arsenal.
Liverpool have knocked back bids of €72m and €100m from Barcelona for the Brazilian, while manager Jurgen Klopp is publicly insistent that there is no price at which the club are willing to negotiate.
Ex Reds striker Owen thinks Liverpool’s stance creates a much healthier atmosphere around the club ahead of next season.
“Liverpool did an amazing bit of business by signing Coutinho to a new contract, especially when you look at Sanchez and Arsenal and the problems it's causing around the club.
"Since Coutinho signed the new contract Liverpool have qualified for the Champions League, bought more quality players and are in a better place than they've been for a long time. With Arsenal I'm just not sure about the overall feeling within the club.
"My gut feeling is they could win five straight games, but if they lose the sixth the Wenger out brigade will come out which creates a negative atmosphere and that's probably the main thing going against Arsenal."