The midfielder is positive that Liverpool cannot fight off the Catalans.
Joey Barton insists that Philippe Coutinho will join Barcelona sooner or later. According to him, it is a matter of how much the Catalans are willing to pay rather than when they are going to pay it.
The Reds have rejected three offers so far, but Valverde’s side is reportedly not ready to give up on the chase since they deem the Brazilian a worthy replacement of Neymar.
“He wants out, and if you’re getting up to what Liverpool are now, almost £120m, it just looks like how much rather than if or when,” he told Talksport.
“He’s not a Scouser, he’s a Brazilian. He’s already living a fair distance away from home and he’s probably grown up wanting to play for Barcelona. No disrespect to Liverpool, but that’s the club Brazilian youngsters grow up wanting to play for nowadays.
“It’s not the Liverpool of the 80s, it’s Liverpool who haven’t won a title for over 20 years, so you can’t blame the boy.
“As I said, it’s just a case of how much and at what moment he goes.”
“Liverpool should have pre-empted this,” he said. “They should have known a big club was going to come sniffing for him and, although he’s difficult to replace, they should have had replacements lined up for him.”