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Opinion: Liverpool can secure risk-free title piece with Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool could find the piece they need to secure the title in Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian is reportedly available.

Liverpool head into next season wanting the title. That much is obvious. They missed out last season because of injuries and there’s a real sense that the Reds need to get their trophy back.

Key to that is keeping the squad together and they’ve largely done that. It’s clear there won’t be any major changes in attack, despite some players pushing 30 in that department.

The defence stays largely the same but with one addition – Ibrahima Konate. He makes Liverpool stronger at the back, certainly in terms of depth.

Midfield is the only question, then. Gini Wijnaldum has gone and there hasn’t been a replacement thus far.

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Thiago is a replacement of sorts, though. We expect him to be a first-choice midfielder next season alongside Jordan Henderson and Fabinho.

But there’s still a space in the squad and we wonder if Liverpool might want to sign an attacking midfielder. They don’t have one with any real experience while bringing in such a player would also boost the attack.

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So with that in mind, there is a case to sign Coutinho back.

Coutinho to be Liverpool title piece?

Mundo Deportivo reports that Barcelona want rid of Philippe Coutinho. They also understand that a loan might be the best way to do that, however.

Poor form and injuries have dramatically decreased his value, leaving Barcelona needing to compromise. And we think Liverpool can take advantage of that.

If Liverpool want to go all-out on a title push next season, we think Coutinho could be a very useful player to have. He’s very experienced, knows the playing style already and the club can secure him for well below his actual value.

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Because we think Jurgen Klopp would get Coutinho playing his best football in years. Probably since he left Liverpool, in all honesty. Maybe not back to his 2017 levels but certainly far above what we’ve seen since.

If Klopp can do that, Liverpool would get a dangerous player for essentially nothing. He’d bring something new to the squad immediately, with no need for a bedding-in period.

There’s long-term investment of sorts, too. We think Coutinho could operate as a fine example to Curtis Jones. If Jones can learn from the Brazilian, it adds another element to a loan deal like this.

And look, this all stems from the fact that Liverpool don’t appear to have much money to spend. The Athletic says they’ve got to sell before buying.

Well, here’s a way to improve the team – even just for one title-challenging season – without spending much at all. It’s a stop-gap, yes, but one that should improve Liverpool’s title chances.

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