For a year or two now, Liverpool midfielder Coutinho has been linked incessantly with Barcelona. Seen by many as the natural heir to the likes of Andres Iniesta, a move to Barcelona certainly appears to be on the cards for the Brazilian at one stage in his career. The Liverpool Echo claims that the Reds have rejected a bid over £70m for their star man.
Interestingly for Liverpool fans, it will be funny to see how this mirrors their own approach for RB Leipzig’ Naby Keita. With most Reds fans desperate to see the Brazilian stay while reminding Southampton and RBL fans about ‘respecting players’ ambitions’ with regards to Keita and Virgil van Dijk, the double-edged nature appears.
As a Brazilian, there can be little doubt that a move to Spain would one day appeal to Coutinho. If Liverpool tried to hold him back, it would be causing the same problems as the stance of Southampton and co. with the Reds.
As such, this creates an interesting dilemma. Do Liverpool take the money to fund their new signings and find a potential replacement? Or do they try and forage on to pay for their new signings and then endeavour to keep Coutinho?
How long will that last?
As the key player for Klopp and with the idea that Klopp signed for Liverpool with the idea of building, not selling, a team off, this would break up a lot of the feel-good factor on Merseyside. A slow and frustrating window so far has seen the Reds sign some good players while being thwarted elsewhere.
A move for Coutinho to leave, though, would certainly leave the club in a far more negative position and would do much to cloud any progress being made. Can they stop him from fulfilling a life’s dream, though?