Liverpool have agreed to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for a fee of £142 million this month.
For the last few days, it has looked inevitable that Coutinho would leave the club although I found it hard to believe that Jurgen Klopp would be so foolish as to let his most talented player leave midway through the season.
Yet, despite the fact that a move at this point in the season only benefits Barcelona and Coutinho, Liverpool have agreed to sell the Brazilian for £142 million.
Liverpool confirmed the transfer on their official website with an announcement. The short message revealed that Coutinho is free to conduct a medical with Barcelona and agree personal terms – although it’s safe to safe that has been nailed on for some time.
Liverpool now have a gaping hole in their squad and will need to act quickly in the next three weeks to find a suitable replacement so as to ensure that the Reds aren’t negatively impacted by the Brazilian’s departure.
Of course, Virgil van Dijk’s arrival at the club means that Jurgen Klopp’s side will be stronger at the back and a front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane will be more than enough to see out games in terms of goals.
That said, Thomas Lemar is a player that Klopp can now turn to if AS Monaco can be convinced to sell this month. At the right price, any player can be bought so it really is a matter of finding the price that the French side are willing to do business at.
Signing van Dijk was a step in the right direction but selling Coutinho will hurt big time. To ensure that Liverpool continue progressing, a big name needs to be signed to replace the former Inter Milan midfielder to show domestic and European rivals that the Reds aren’t messing around.
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