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Neville mocks pal Carragher over Coutinho's rumoured move to Barcelona

The Sky Sports pundit trolled his colleague after suggesting the Reds should keep the Brazilian until the summer


Gary Neville has mocked Jamie Carragher over his suggestion Liverpool should wait until the summer to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

The Blaugrana are ready to make a British record offer of £110m plus £30m more in add-ons for the Brazilian.

The Catalan giants want the Reds' No.10 last summer but failed with three offers with the highest touching £114m.

But with Jurgen Klopp's side in top form of late, Carragher is adamant selling Coutinho now could have grave consequences for Liverpool and their involvement in next season's Champions League.

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He wrote on Twitter: "Best thing LFC [can do] is agree the BIG fee for Coutinho to go in the summer like we’ve done with [Naby] Keita, not now. What do the club gain by doing it now? Top four and Champions League progression seriously risked if they sell in January, and difficult to replace him now. If he goes on strike he damages himself."

Neville responded quickly by describing his advice as "a lovely story," before quoting Lisbon-based journalist Marcus Alves, who claims Coutinho is confident of leaving Anfield this month.

Neville and Carragher have continued to joke over United and Liverpool in recent weeks (Image: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The Brazilian has been in fine form for the Reds (Image: AFP)

The Manchester United great added the caption "Strike / Strike / Strike!!" with a crying laughter emoji.

Alves wrote: "Being told Philippe Coutinho doesn't intend to play for Liverpool again and is confident the deal with Barcelona will get done this winter. According to his entourage, a matter of a few days. More chapters to come."

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