Jurgen Klopp may no longer have Philippe Coutinho’s talents at his disposal but the Brazilian serves as a reminder to Liverpool players that the grass is no longer greener elsewhere.
Liverpool sold Coutinho to Barcelona in January 2018 for an initial £105m with a further £37m promised if certain performance-based add-ons are achieved (BBC).
That £142m will cover the fees that Liverpool will pay over the next few seasons as a result of agreements reached for the purchase of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker.
The first full season with the two new Liverpool recruits on board has seen the Reds break their club record for points accumulated in the Premier League and, more significantly, saw the Anfield outfit win the Champions League.
Coutinho left Merseyside behind for Catalonia and the major silverware he believed the switch promised him.
He couldn’t have been more wrong as Liverpool are now better established to win trophies season after season.
His demise in Spain will serve as a powerful message to Liverpool’s players as they will have a strong case study presented to them if they ever express a desire to leave.
Jurgen Klopp has the club moving in a direction that only Manchester City can match in ambition as the Premier League big wigs aim to win every piece of silverware available to them.