Liverpool transfer round-up: Reds eye shock Phillipe Coutinho return and Mohamed Salah talks confirmed – The Mirror

Liverpool continued their strong start to the Premier League campaign on Saturday with a two-goal home victory over Burnley.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have a 100 percent winning record from their opening two matches and there is a sense of optimism around Anfield.

With just over a week until the summer transfer window closes, the Reds will be hopeful of getting more transfer business done following a quiet window.

Central defender Ibrahima Konate is the only major arrival of the window at the club, while several peripheral players may yet be moved on.

With that in mind, Mirror Football brings you the latest transfer news from Anfield.








Barcelona are keen to sell Philippe Coutinho this summer
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Reds eye sensational return

Barcelona are said to be keen to sell Philippe Coutinho this month amid their desperate attempts to slash their wage bill for this campaign.

The Brazilian playmaker joined the Blaugrana from Liverpool in January 2018 and a surprising report in the Catalan press claims the Reds have been monitoring the player’s future.

A report from Barca-based outlet Mundo Deportivo, as cited by Sport Witness, claims that the Reds have ‘probed’ the player’s situation with the possibility of a sensational return to Anfield.





Since Coutinho left Liverpool in a club record transfer, the club reached back-to-back Champions League finals before winning the Premier League the following campaign.

The former Inter player has struggled at the Camp Nou and was loaned out to Bayern Munich for the 2019/20 campaign and spent the majority of last season injured with a knee injury.

The latest report is likely to be met with a great deal of scepticism and despite Barca’s attempts to trim their wage bill, a return of Coutinho to Jurgen Klopp’s team appears unlikely.

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Mohamed Salah’s deal at Anfield expires in 2023
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Salah talks confirmed

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that talks have opened up with Mohamed Salah over a new contract.

The Egyptian star is out of contract at Anfield in the summer of 2023, by which time he will be aged 31 – but the club are keen to extend his stay on Merseyside.

Having recently agreed fresh long-term deals for midfielder Fabinho and goalkeeper Alisson Becker, along with star defenders Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold, the Reds are now turning their attention to other contract extensions.





With talks reportedly ongoing with club captain Jordan Henderson over a new deal, there is now confirmation that Salah is another one currently in negotiations.

Klopp told Liverpool’s website : “Mo is obviously in a really, really good moment football-wise, mood-wise. When there are talks then there are talks — and when there is a decision, we will tell you.

“Until then, it’s only important how the parties work together in these things. If that’s perfect, what it is, then we don’t have to talk about anything else. With two years left, you can imagine there are talks, that’s it.”








Xherdan Shaqiri featured for Liverpool in pre-season but is likely to be moved on
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Shaqiri exit stalls

Liverpool have so far been unsuccessful in their attempts to cash-in on their squad players this summer with the future of Xherdan Shaqiri still uncertain.

The Swiss playmaker has been heavily linked with a move to Ligue 1 club Lyon but despite their ongoing interest, no deal has yet been struck.

As outlined by French outlet Le Progres, Lyon are struggling to come to reach a financial formula that allows them to accommodate both the player’s wages and a transfer fee that Liverpool are demanding.




The 29-year-old has featured in just 21 Premier League matches across the past two full campaigns – starting just seven times – and appears to have little future at Anfield.

If an exit for Shaqiri can be accommodated, Liverpool may dip back into the transfer market.

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