Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has lauded his old club in the way they invested Philippe Coutinho’s gargantuan transfer fee following his departure to Barcelona in January 2018.
Writing in his column for the Daily Telegraph, Carragher reflected how the grass isn’t always greener once you leave Anfield after he indicated Coutinho’s form has taken a huge nosedive since leaving the European champions.
“When Tottenham fans lamented the different direction of their club last weekend, here is what happened; Liverpool sold their best player two months after losing 4-1 to Spurs in 2017, reinvesting to make their side better”, Carragher wrote in his Thursday edition.
“Had Barcelona bid £150 million for Harry Kane in January 2018, would Spurs have accepted to sign Van Dijk and Alisson?
“The form of Coutinho, or even Emre Can, since they stopped working under Klopp underlines the manager’s influence. Coutinho looked like one of the world’s best at Anfield. Less so since he left.”
What RTK has to say
Carragher is spot on.
Klopp’s decision to sacrifice Coutinho for the squad’s immediate shortcomings have transformed Liverpool into the most formidable force currently in Europe.
Despite breaking the club’s transfer record to bring in Van Dijk and making Alisson Becker then the most expensive goalkeeper in world football back in 2018 has proved a stroke of genius. Where they once lacked balance and structure, the European champions have created an aura of invincibility.
Liverpool now possesses a side that has the perfect blend of defence and attack. Everywhere you look the team is coveted in world-class talent. The FIFA Coach of the Year’s decision to allow his former star player to depart Anfield has proved the springboard for the squad’s longevity of success.