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    Liverpool’s Thomas Lemar vs Christian Pulisic equation complicated by Man United

    Liverpool after Philippe Coutinho

    Is that 142 million pounds starting to burn a hole in Liverpool’s pocket?

    The topic of Philippe Coutinho’s Liverpool replacement is again on the agenda in the Sunday Times.

    Liverpool return to action on Sunday when they take on Man City in the Premier League at Anfield.

    Ever since Coutinho joined Barcelona many have wondered if Jurgen Klopp would sign a midfielder in January.

    That’s lead to the following updates on Monaco’s Thomas Lemar and Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic.

    Monaco & Thomas Lemar

    According to the Times, Liverpool’s top target this January was Monaco’s Lemar.

    But will that deal happen? That’s unlikely as Liverpool believe they are being asked to significantly overpay for the French international.

    The Reds believe there’s a 30 million pound difference of opinion on Lemar. Readers are told:

    Thomas Lemar remains Jurgen Klopp’s leading candidate to replace Philippe Coutinho, but Liverpool have shelved their pursuit of the France star after Monaco hiked their asking price to £90m.

    This has led Liverpool to stand back from bidding: their valuation of Lemar is significantly lower, around £60m. 

    For the record, 22-year-old Lemar is under contract at Monaco until 2020.

    Christian Pulisic & Man United

    The Sunday Times also note that Borussia Dortmund and United States star Christian Pulisic is another possible Coutinho replacement at Anfield.

    Yet, any deal for Pulisic will only likely happen in the summer at the earliest. And such a transfer may be complicated as Man United are also chasing the BVB winger:

    Klopp believes there are other players who could come in to fill Coutinho’s void, among them Borussia Dortmund’s US sensation, Christian Pulisic.

    Complicating the pursuit is Dortmund’s preference to wait until 2019 before selling Pulisic, and Manchester United are also admirers of the highly marketable 19-year-old.

    Pulisic is under contract at the Signal Iduna Park until 2020.

    AC Milan’s Suso?

    It’s also worth noting that Italian daily Tuttosport have linked Liverpool with AC Milan’s Suso.

    According to Tuttosport, however, Suso is keen to stay at the San Siro rather than moving to Anfield.

    AC Milan’s Suso & Liverpool

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