What Barcelona told Philippe Coutinho that made him issue transfer request
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has revealed why Philippe Coutinho is now under pressure to join Barcelona.
Gerard said the Catalans have told the Brazilian “now or never” thereby putting pressure on him to force his way out of Liverpool this summer.
Barcelona have targeted Coutinho as they seek to strengthen their squad following Neymar’s €222 million move to PSG.
But Liverpool owners, Fenway Sports Group, FSG, have insisted the 25-year-old will not be sold.
Coutinho however, issued a transfer request.
Gerrard told BT sports, “The problem here are Barcelona, because they will be saying to Coutinho’s representatives: ‘It’s now or never.
“If he doesn’t come now, we’re never coming back for him ever again.’ So they’re piling the pressure on and that’s why Philippe’s reacted.