According to Spanish outlet OK Diario, Zinedine Zidane is one of Philippe Coutinho’s many admirers and the Real Madrid boss may be ready to make the most of his appreciation for the Liverpool star.
Liverpool thumped Watford on Sunday and Philippe Coutinho was in the thick of things as usual as he assisted Sadio Mane’s opener and scored the following goal to give Liverpool a two-nil lead after just thirty minutes of play.
Coutinho now has five goals and five assists in the Premier League and his display at Anfield further justified why he was named Liverpool’s Player of the Month for October. It hasn’t just been his superb goal contribution, however. His ability to start an attack on the halfway line and stay involved all the way until the goal ripples in the back of the net is a marvelous talent.
He came under a lot of criticism last season for his tendency to drift in and out of games and while he did look a little quite before he was substituted, he has done a lot this season to rid himself of the tag of being an inconsistent player who just gets credit for scoring screamers on occasion.
His performances, unsurprisingly, are catching the attention of Europe’s finest clubs and Barcelona have already been rumoured as being interested and now their rivals Real Madrid are being chalked up as Coutinho’s possible suitors.
Ever since Zidane took up the job as Madrid boss, there has been speculation surrounding the future of James Rodriguez and Coutinho could be his replacement. The same goes for Andres Iniesta at Barcelona who is ageing and needs a youthful and vibrant successor.
But, they can’t have Coutinho. Jurgen Klopp’s team is built around the fluid and deadly attacking lineup that has scored 18 goals in 11 games and while I’m not saying a replacement for Coutinho couldn’t be found, I am saying that it isn’t a situation Klopp would put himself in given the success he has found with Coutinho, Firmino and Mane up front.
There is always the possibility that Coutinho would want a move to either Barca or Real Madrid but he has given no indication that he unhappy at Liverpool. Quite the contrary. He has publicly spoken of his happiness on Merseyside and this should appease fears that our little magician is going anywhere anytime soon.