“Definite interest from Paris St-Germain, who he’s been offered to.
“Coutinho’s obviously represented by a couple of agents who have very strong links to Chelsea, have done a huge number of deals to that club.
“The briefing I had last week was that Coutinho’s preference would be to go to Chelsea rather than Paris St-Germain.
“But of course, dependent on the transfer-window ban being lifted, which it looks almost certain not to happen.
“The idea that Abramovich spends that amount of money on one player, in terms of salary and transfer fee, at a time when he’s trying to sell the club, strikes me as a little strange.
“So I expect that briefing comes more from the desire of the agents to bring Chelsea into the equation than it does of an actual defined and fixed preference on Coutinho’s part.”
A lot has been made of Coutinho’s move to Barcelona, with former Reds ace Neil Mellor claiming Liverpool don’t miss the Brazilian.
“I think Coutinho was a great player for Liverpool and I really did enjoy watching him,” he said.
“He had creative influence to make things happen and of course, I was disappointed when he left.
“Leaving for Barcelona for whatever reason, he hasn’t shown the same quality at Barcelona that he did at Liverpool.
“One of the biggest compliments that you would give the current Liverpool side and Klopp, is that they didn’t really miss Coutinho.
“They went from competing for the top four to competing for a title without Coutinho and won the Champions League.
“He was a great player for Liverpool and loved watching him, but he hasn’t been missed.”