After it was revealed recently that Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has told Philippe Coutinho that he must fight for his place at the Nou Camp (quotes sourced from the Daily Mirror), it looks as though the Brazilian could be leaving soon.
Coutinho joined the Catalan club from Liverpool last year, but has struggled for form of late, and may well be departing soon. There is surely a host of European clubs interested in his signature, so it won’t be hard for him to find a new club.
That should put Liverpool on red-alert, and they should not hesitate to re-sign the midfield magician for their title push this season. Here are two reasons why Liverpool should re-sign Coutinho:
THEY’VE NEVER REPLACED HIM
A lot has been said about Liverpool’s signings over the past year. They were extremely weak defensively, so they brought in big money signings such as Virgil van Dijk and Alisson in goal, and it has turned them into one of the hardest teams to break down in Europe.
Likewise, they have strengthened their midfield defensively with the signing of Fabinho. However, for all their defensive strength and attacking firepower with the likes of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané, they still have failed to bring in an attacking midfielder to replace Coutinho.
Naby Keïta arrived this summer but has failed so far to thrive at Anfield or emulate the form of the Brazilian. Liverpool, therefore, have looked slightly turgid at times offensively this season, and have had to rely on individual brilliance to help them out of games. There’s still a Coutinho-shaped hole at Anfield.
STATEMENT TO THE REST OF EUROPE
When The Reds sold Coutinho last January, many fans were disappointed but also accepted that they could not stop anything from happening. They were defenceless against a team with the power of Barcelona, and many felt Liverpool were just a feeder club.
Since then, Liverpool have made the Champions League final, and are on course for their first Premier League title. By beating the likes of PSG for Coutinho, they suddenly are catapulted to the elite and most powerful in Europe. If they want to maintain their dominance, it’s statements like these that must be made, and there’s little doubt that the fans would welcome him back.