Amongst all the crazy football fixtures, christmas presents, copious amounts of alcohol, news came out of Anfield stating that Coutinho is unsettled at Liverpool.
Whilst Jurgen Klopp is desperate to keep his star man, it is thought that Liverpool privately accept he is likely to move on in the summer. Coutinho was sorely missed, initially Klopp targeted Coutinho’s return to be Liverpool’s crunch clash with Manchester City on New Year’s Eve, however this didn’t go as planned.
Liverpool have now go over all of Coutinho’s fitness worries, now they have something else to worry about. How to keep their star man?
It is thought that Coutinho is aware of interest from abroad and has become unsettled on Merseyside. Unfortunately the reports state he thinks he would have more chance of winning trophies regularly should he move abroad. However, despite all the links and ‘thoughts’ there have been no direct quotes coming from Coutinho.
Usual suspects linked (again)
The usual suspects of Barcelona and PSG pop up all the time. However just recently Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are stating their interest in the 24-year-old, who has scored six goals already this season.
Coutinho has had one of his best ever seasons – naturally top clubs will be interested. However it’s a shame to hear that the frequency of linked reports coupled with his close relationship with Neymar has unsettled him. That constant link with Naymar and now in the news yesterday with Rivaldo piping up won’t help at all, it is incredibly frustrating, but now part of football.
Their have been rumours that PSG are still plotting a £40million bid for Coutinho, despite already signing Wolfsburg winger Julian Draxler for £38m. Should Liverpool decide to sell I would have honestly thought that the owners would prefer to take stock during the summer period where Edwards and Klopp will have longer to plan without the distractions of a Premier League title battle.
Liverpool are currently in the midst of a Premier League battle, coupled with an assault on the League Cup where Klopp plans to lift it after the loss last season. A successful Premier League campaign coupled with some silverware would be considered a step in the right direction by most at Anfield. We all know that a Premier League title is what we deserve. Klopp has that in his sights, he comes across that his has a plan in mind. He knows his targets and will only buy players that can help us move on to the next level. This is evident with his lack of transfer activity in January. In fact any January, just look at his transfer activity at Borussia Dortmund.
6 months to keep Coutinho
Naturally Liverpool will want to keep Coutinho, this season the club have stepped it up another gear. Coutinho, Firmino and Mané are in sync, the team is built around the fluid play. Believe it or not but Coutinho isn’t one of the high earners at the club – surely making this a priority will go a long way in proving the club has his best interest at heart.
Going back to the original point, ‘why Liverpool should keep Coutinho for at least one more season’, Liverpool are looking highly likely to be finishing in the top four. This would mean Champions League football, the biggest sign that Liverpool are on the up.
- Top earner
- Big signings
- Champions League
Chances are Liverpool won’t make any signings during the winter transfer window. Klopp likes to find the right person for the role, not a square peg. He will already have his targets and chances are they are going to be approached shortly. However, the summer is the time he’d realistically want them. Klopp will have a long summer to introduce them, train them to allow them to hit the ground running from day 1.
Should next season Coutinho turn up and see some extra ‘BIG’ signings then this will be another sign Liverpool are moving in the right direction.
The final stage would be competing on the highest level – Champions league. If Klopp can show him that the club can compete with the big boys on the domestic and European fronts, then convincing him to stay will be so much easier.
Keeping Coutinho for that extra season rather than cashing in this coming summer is the long game. FSG and Klopp in particular play the long game.
Surely it makes sense – it does doesn’t it.
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