Liverpool have been nifty operators in the transfer market since FSG took over, even more so since Michael Edwards got involved. The Reds have identified top talents and deep pocket buyers, bringing in bargain talents and moving on players for exorbitant fees. The club made a huge profit on one player and used the money wisely but they never quite replaced him. Liverpool may have finally solved the Philippe Coutinho void with the arrival of Diogo Jota.
Back in 2018, Liverpool sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for a staggering £142m.
The Brazilian headed to the Camp Nou in what became one of the most ill-fated deals of recent years.
Coutinho was a flop at Barcelona and was eventually loaned out to Bayern Munich, whilst playing for the Bavarians he scored and assisted against Barca in the 8-2 Champions League demolition of last season.
Meanwhile, the Reds spent the money from the sale on Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker, lifting the Champions League the following season.
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Liverpool sign Jota
This summer Liverpool signed Diogo Jota for £41m from Wolves.
The Reds move for the Portuguese forward was unanticipated to say the least.
We had been linked with many players over the summer but Diogo’s name didn’t come up once, there was just hours between our reported interest in the deal being done.
Since arriving at Liverpool he has been very impressive, netting on his Premier League debut for the Reds and scoring the winner in his first Premier League start for the club.
Return to Fab Four
When Coutinho was at Liverpool we had the ‘Fab Four’ of Coutinho, Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Bobby Firmino.
We played in a 4-2-3-1 and bulldozed teams with the creativity and flair of the offensive four.
Whilst we managed just fine without Philly and we spent the money wisely, we never quite replaced him.
The arrival of Diogo Jota may well have facilitated a return to the days of the fab four, with Roberto Firmino potentially dropping into the Coutinho role.
This formation helps get the best creatively out of the front four, though it is unclear just where Jota will be deployed in this formation – at the weekend the quartet seemed to rotate at will.
If we do indeed return this foursome of attacking prowess then the Premier League will be quaking in its boots.