Coutinho breaks record and Klopp to bid for teen star?

Afternoon Bulletin

Coutinho becomes top scoring Brazilian in the English top flight

Philippe Coutinho’s goal in Liverpool 2-1 win over Stoke City took his goal tally to 30 goals and is now officially the highest scoring Brazilian in England’s top flight. His goal means that he has overtaken previous record holder, Juninho Paulista.

Coutinho drew the game level for Liverpool as they trailed Stoke and two minutes later, his compatriot Roberto Firmino scored the winner with a superb volley. Coutinho record might not stand long as Roberto Firmino currently has 20 top-flight goals to his name.

Klopp to bid for wonderkid?

Reports claimed that Liverpool are stepping up their pursuit of Nottingham Forest wonderkid Ben Brereton. It is said that Forest are prepared for bids of at least £10million for the centre-forward who has emerged as one of the most exciting young players outside of the top division.

The Sun reported that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is a big admirer of the 17-year-old and is convinced he can be developed into a modern forward capable of fitting into his team’s playing style.

Since being promoted to the standing line-up, the young forward who is tipped to be a future England international have been taking the Championship by storm with 3 goals and 2 assists in 13 senior appearances.

Sakho opens to Liverpool return

On-loan Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho made it clear that he would be happy to play for Liverpool again when his loan spell with Crystal Palace is over. The French defender left Anfield in the January transfer window after falling out of favour with Jurgen Klopp.

Sakho was one of Liverpool key players last season before failing drug test which kept him out for the rest of the season thus missing the Europa League final in which Liverpool lost to Sevilla. Since the ban, Sakho has not played for Jurgen Klopp side but has made it clear that he is willing to stay in Liverpool.

Having since impressed at Palace, the south-London side are believed to be keen to make the defender’s stay permanent, but Sakho believes that his long-term future could still be at Liverpool.

“I still have a contract for three more years. If I were to wear the Liverpool jersey again, I would be happy to do so,” Sakho told Telefoot.

“I was late for training, something that happens everywhere. I paid a fine and I do not know what else I can do. It is up to the boss. He makes the decisions and I can only accept that. And we will see what happens if my future is elsewhere.”