Adam Lallana insists Liverpool must keep hold of players like Philippe Coutinho if they are going to compete at the highest level.
The Brazilian midfielder has been the subject of interest from Barcelona of late.
It’s been suggested that Neymar, who is linked with Paris Saint-Germain isn’t happy with a number of things at the club, one of them being the exodus of Brazilian players like Adriano, Dani Alves and Douglas.
Part of the thinking behind the move for Coutinho could be to appease the Brazilian talisman or perhaps to replace him should PSG trigger his €220 million release clause.
However, Lallana is desperate for Coutinho to remain at Liverpool.
“He’s a fantastic player so there’s no surprise there are teams interested in him,” the England international said.
The former Southampton player believes the Anfield outfit have high ambitions of winning the Premier League and Champions League and needs players like Coutinho to achieve that.
“If we’re going to win competitions like that (Champions League) or win the Premier League, we have to keep hold of players like that.”
Watch Lallana speak about his teammate in the video below.