Philippe Coutinho has handed in a transfer request and looks set to be leaving Anfield to move to the Nou Camp to play for Barcelona. Where does this leave Liverpool? How much money will we get for him? Will he actually complete the transfer in this window? So many questions surrounding this deal, only time will tell what will happen.
Barcelona have had a keen interest in Coutinho for years now, and have been waiting patiently for the right time. Liverpool have already rejected two bids from the Spanish giants this transfer window, and claimed that the Brazilian was not for sale at any price. Today reports have surfaced that Philippe has handed in a transfer request and has made his feelings clear that he wants a move away to fulfill his dream of playing for Barcelona. Liverpool reacted to this breaking news by stating that Coutinho did not hand in a request to leave and that he remains ‘not for sale’.
So what are Liverpool fans supposed to be thinking right now? Will the club be forced to accept a third bid from Barcelona? Surely Liverpool won’t be keeping a player that clearly doesn’t want to stay. It does bring back memories of Luis Suarez and the saga surrounding his transfer. Luis gave us one more year after some advice from Steven Gerrard and Brendan Rodgers and made the switch to the Nou Camp the following year. There is the potential for this to happen this time around with Liverpool digging their heels in.
There is speculation that the reason for Coutinho wanting to move away from Anfield is the fact that he is being used in a different role within the team. Jurgen Klopp decided to use the Brazilian in a more deeper midfield role towards the end of the Premier League season, which he thrived in. Scoring goals and assisting goals for his teammates. It seems very strange for that to be the reason for his sudden request to leave.
Handing in a transfer request seems to be the new trend for professional footballers. Other players such as Virgil van Dijk and Riyhad Mahrez have also requested to leave their clubs however they both remain at Southampton and Leicester. Maybe transfer requests aren’t quite as detrimental and conclusive as first thought. Can a player really give 100% to a club that they have recently told they don’t want to be there?
If Coutinho leaves, this could be disastrous for Liverpool’s season. With the first game against Watford looming, there is very little time to be buying another world class player to fill the hole. Coutinho is currently out with an injury so wouldn’t have played the game anyway, but it would still be a blow to the team’s morale. Liverpool are also preparing for a Champions League campaign which will require us to have a large squad full of players up to this standard. The departure of Coutinho could have massive implications on this competition too as we may find that tiredness and fatigue comes into play.
Nobody knows at this stage what is going to happen. Maybe he will leave, maybe he will stay another year. What is certain at this stage is that his days at Liverpool are numbered and Barcelona will be getting their man. Bad news for Liverpool fans, but the club will go on and look forward to another exciting Premier League season.
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