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5 players who could replace Barcelona-bound Philippe Coutinho

Ikko Shibuya
87.17K   //    01 Jan 2018, 13:35 IST

Liverpool v Swansea City - Premier League
Liverpool's star man looks set to join Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho looks almost guaranteed to leave Liverpool for Barcelona. Even Barca's kit manufacturers, Nike, accidentally leaked information about the transfer, though many took it with a pinch of salt. The text was in all languages of the website and was quickly removed when many users on Twitter pointed it out.

The clubs haven't confirmed any deal as of yet, but Coutinho has been a long-term target for Barcelona, and if the 'Little Magician' does make the move in January, who could Liverpool go for to replace their star man?

Here are five options for Liverpool...

#5 Thomas Lemar

AS Monaco v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: First Leg
A bid for Lemar was made in the summer but was rejected

Thomas Lemar could be a possible signing, as Liverpool were interested in him last summer but failed to secure his signature during the last few hours of the window. His preferred position is on the left wing, but he can also play in the attacking midfield role; similar to Coutinho.

He came to the spotlight last season with the young Monaco side, as they shocked the world by making it to the semi-finals of the Champions League and beating Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title. In the 2016/17 season, Lemar scored 14 goals and bagged 17 assists in 55 games.

This season he has mustered 2 goals and 4 assists in 18 games but has been sidelined due to injury a lot more. Thomas Lemar is a player who has a lot of potential and at an attacking club like Liverpool, he could blossom into a fine player.

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