Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will demand that Barcelona include Sergi Roberto in any deal to sign Philippe Coutinho.
That’s the claim being made in a report by The Daily Star, in which they state that the German sees him as an ideal replacement.
The news has emerged at the same time that Coutinho admitted that he was interested in joining the Catalan club back in the Summer.
But he saw a transfer request rejected immediately by the club as they insisted that he would be spending the season at Anfield.
Reports continue to link the Brazil international with a switch to the Camp Nou and it is highly likely that they will return with a fourth bid to sign him.
The twenty-five year old scored his first hat-trick for the club this week as he captained the team to a 7-0 victory over Spartak Moscow in the Champions League.
Performances like that will only increase his value and make Barcelona even more determined to snap him up at the first opportunity.
But the power lies mostly at Anfield, with Coutinho tied down to a long-term contract – which crucially contains no release fee.
Whether Klopp is actually interested in bringing Sergi Roberto remains to be seen and the midfielder would certainly be a handy player to have in the squad – but he would no replacement for Coutinho.