- Philippe Coutinho has been a long-term target for Spanish giants Barcelona
- Liverpool have repeatedly insisted that Coutinho will not be leaving Anfield
- Jamie Carragher’s phone rang during interview and there were jokes it was Barca
- But Carragher reacted quickly and insisted Coutinho would not be going
- Liverpool pair played together for six months near the end of Carragher’s career
Jamie Carragher told Philippe Coutinho he’s not leaving for Barcelona during a live TV interview.
The Liverpool great was speaking to the Brazilian and former striker Jan Aage Fjortoft after Coutinho scored a hat-trick during the 7-0 victory against Spartak Moscow on Wednesday evening.
But Carragher’s phone rang during the interview, interrupting the flow of the conversation with his former team-mate. The pair played together for the last six months of Carragher’s career.
Jamie Carragher’s phone rang during an interview with Philippe Coutinho on Norwegian TV
There were jokes it was Barcelona, but the Liverpool great said Coutinho could not leave
Carragher quickly silenced his phone and showed his embarrassment as he waited for Fjortoft to react.
The ex-Swindon Town man tried to cut through the awkward silence by joking: ‘It’s probably Barcelona, it’s Barcelona!’
Both Carragher and Coutinho laughed at the suggestion from the presenter but it was the former defender who reacted quickest.
He managed to cause more laughter from the trio when he confidently said, ‘No, he’s staying!’, in response to Fjortoft’s suggestion.
Coutinho scored a hat-trick for Liverpool on Wednesday night against Spartak Moscow
Coutinho, who was a target for Barcelona in the summer and is expected to be the subject of bids over the next two windows, did not say anything in response to Carragher’s joke.
Liverpool have repeatedly insisted that they are not willing to let their star midfielder leave the club, despite a summer transfer request.
Manager Jurgen Klopp showed his faith in Coutinho on Wednesday by handing him the captain’s armband.
The 25-year-old was clearly buoyed by the decision as he played a key role in the victory against Spartak, bagging three and helping his team to a storming win.
He was handed the captain’s armband by Jurgen Klopp for the game and impressed