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Liverpool transfer mailbag: Coutinho loan highlyunlikely

Liverpool transfer mailbag: Coutinho loan highlyunlikely
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The defensive injury crisis last January left Liverpool with no choice but to enter the transfer market.

Jurgen Klopp has brought on Ozan Kabak on loan from Schalke and fellow central defender Ben Davies on a permanent deal from Preston North End.

What can supporters expect this time? We’ve asked your questions before the January window opens and here’s a selection about potential income and expenses at Anfield.

He whispered very quietly, but what about signing Philippe Coutinho on loan? (Oscar W)

I can not see it. Even if Barcelona were willing to punish it, the loan fees and wages would be enormous. In addition to the way Coutinho secured a move away from Anfield in January 2018, it left a bad aftertaste. Liverpool has thrived and been very successful without him. Their style has evolved. They don’t need Coutinho. In fact, except for an injury crisis or a change of situation, I don’t expect Liverpool to add anyone to their squad during the January window. Klopp appears happy with what he has, and high-ranking club sources have indicated incomes are unlikely.

It will depend on who comes and looks for our players. Nathaniel Phillips, Divock Origi, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain… (Scott W) may be sought

I expect Phillips to leave. Liverpool put a £15m price tag on him. He wants to play more regularly and Klopp will not stand in his way if a proper offer is made. There is already a lot of interest from Premier League clubs.

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