“I feel that Coutinho was always his replacement and they will come back for him in the summer. I’ve got no doubt about it. I think the deal may have possibly already been done.”

We’re not convinced any actual arrangements have been put in place, but would be very surprised if the Brazilian is at Anfield next term.

There’s only so long you can keep a player at your club against his will, despite the lengthy contract he’s attached to.

However, Liverpool will not let Coutinho go cheap, as proven by the outrageous amounts we rejected in the summer.

It’ll cost upwards of £118m to secure him in 2018 then, especially considering the playmaker’s level is consistently rising and the market is set to further increase.

Let’s just hope we invest the money sensibly if and when it does come.