- Liverpool ace Philippe Coutinho was linked with Barcelona move in summer
- Lambert admits he probably should have been allowed to leave
- However, he now insists that Liverpool have no reason to sell in January
- READ MORE: Liverpool set to suffer transfer blow, key agreement close for exit
Former Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert has had his say on Philippe Coutinho, conceding that his old club should have let him go in the summer.
The Brazilian playmaker was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona in the last transfer window, with BBC Sport noting how three separate bids were made by the Catalan giants, all of which were rejected by Liverpool, while he also handed in a transfer request.
In turn, he stayed at Anfield for the start of this season and it’s turned out to be a great result for the Reds as Coutinho has been in fine form for Jurgen Klopp’s side after overcoming some early injury troubles.
The 25-year-old has scored nine goals and provided seven assists in just 14 games so far this season, as he has proven to be an instrumental figure in Liverpool’s recent upturn in form too.
As a result, it’s no surprise that they want to keep hold of him, and Lambert goes on to admit while he felt as though they should have allowed him to leave in the summer for his dream move to the Nou Camp, he doesn’t see any reason whatsoever as to why they would now change that stance and sell in January.
Provided that Coutinho remains committed and professional and doesn’t seek out an exit, then it’s surely a no-brainer. Liverpool are a better side with him in it, and so unless perhaps Barcelona come in with a ridiculous offer, they have to keep him at Anfield.
“I cannot understand any reason for Liverpool to sell Coutinho in January”
Ex #LFC man Rickie Lambert says the club must hold on to the Brazilian this winter.
(But admits thinking he should have been allowed to leave Anfield in the summer.) pic.twitter.com/JEo1hh6WwA
— BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport) December 8, 2017