Liverpool’s marquee player Philippe Coutinho was the subject of intense interest from Barcelona last summer, however a move never materialised in the end.
Despite this, rumours still swirl regarding his future given what occurred during the off-season.
One man doing his level best to make sure the Brazilian stays put, however, is club legend Jamie Carragher.
The pundit was speaking with ex-Norway international Jan Aage Fjortoft of viaSport after Liverpool’s 7-0 annihilation of Spartak Moscow in their final Champions League group stage clash while Coutinho joined the duo to discuss the game itself.
Just as focus shifted from the playmaker back to Carragher, however, the Liverpool legend’s phone rang to interrupt proceedings. To distract from the incident Fjortoft quickly made a quip about it being a call from Barcelona.
While the Liverpudlian’s retort was more in jest than anything else, the fact he said ‘no, he’s staying’ without even thinking signifies just how adored he is on Merseyside.
Speculation is sure to continue into the winter concerning Coutinho but for now the stand in skipper is still performing to his maximum, evidenced by his hat-trick versus the Russian giants on Wednesday night.
The Reds will learn who they’re to take on in the last 16 when the draw is made on Monday.