Liverpool’s star man is once again attracting interest from European giants.
When a player such as Philippe Coutinho graces the ranks of your football club, there will be interest from the world’s biggest clubs without a doubt. This time it appears the Brazilian has multiple teams monitoring his progress. The likes of PSG, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich will all look to lure Coutinho away from Anfield.
The Liverpool Echo along with a few other sources, are reporting that Coutinho is reportedly unsettled at Anfield. It is also being reported that PSG will offer up a measly £40 million for the attacker come January. This is a bid that will without a doubt be rejected, considering the fact that Liverpool have stated in the past that they value Coutinho at about £68 million and the Reds could probably match whatever wages PSG would offer Coutinho.
No disrespect to the Ligue 1, but Coutinho would be dropping down to a much lower standard of football if he were to join the French giants. On the other hand, he would have Champions League football to look forward too (something that Liverpool can not currently offer) as well as the prospect of winning more trophies. He would also be joining his fellow Brazilians with Thiago Silva and Lucas Moura amongst others currently at the club.
The Barcelona and Bayern Munich interest is a different matter. With both clubs said to be monitoring the magician, neither club is rumoured to be weighing up a bid. It is hard for any footballer to turn down Barcelona when they come calling. As seen with Luis Suarez, it is impossible to turn down the Spanish giants. If Liverpool were to accept a bid that they saw as sufficient, that could be the end of Coutinho’s Liverpool career.
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With both Bayern Munich and Barcelona, the prospect of winning more silverware will be on Coutinho’s mind. Let’s be honest, Liverpool are a great club with some great history, but for the past few years, Liverpool have not been at the level that they once were. Do I think that Liverpool are on the rise and could return to the status of “European giants” once more? Yes, but for now, the Reds are on the up.
With no Champions League football and no guaranteed silverware, the prospect of Coutinho moving on within the next two transfer windows, is extremely possible. Klopp will do all he can to keep his star man, but there is only so much he can do. In the end, it all comes down to the player. What kind of visions does Coutinho have? Does he want to win as many trophies as possible?
These are questions that as fans, we will never know the answer to. Coutinho can either make the switch to a club such as PSG or Barcelona where he will definitely win trophies or he can stay loyal to the Liverpool faithful, and work hard under Klopp where he will eventually have success.
After the likes of Raheem Sterling, Luis Suarez, and Fernando Torres left Liverpool, the only thing that they left Liverpool with were memories and heartbreak. We will hope that Coutinho will not be lured away, but in the end, there is only so much Liverpool can do to keep him. The next couple of transfer windows will show how loyal Philippe Coutinho is to Liverpool Football Club.