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Forget Lemar: Liverpool must sign former Anfield man to replace Philippe Coutinho

The resident Kopites in the Transfer Tavern are beginning to draw up a list of potential targets to replace Coutinho this month.

The Coutinho saga has finally been concluded once and for all, as the Brazilian completed his £146 million move to Barcelona on Monday. Jurgen Klopp will have been bitterly disappointed to lose one of his best players during the mid-season window whilst his side’s place in the top-four of the Premier League hangs in the balance. However, it is vital that the club move on quickly and attempt to fill the void left by Coutinho with the signing of a quality replacement this month.

According to The Daily Star, Monaco’s French winger Thomas Lemar is prime a target for The Reds, although they face stiff competition from Arsenal for his signature.

Lemar caught the attention of Europe’s heavyweights due to his sensational form for the French side during their Champions League run last season.

However, Lemar has predominantly played as a left-winger for Monaco since his move to the club from SM Caen in 2015, which suggests he is not a like for like replacement for Coutinho.

With that being said, Liverpool would be wise to make a bid for AC Milan’s attacking playmaker Suso, who left Merseyside for Milan three years ago this month.

The little Spaniard was predicted for greatness as a youngster at Liverpool, but he was never really given an opportunity to prove his worth at the club.

Since leaving for Milan, Suso has become a star player for the Rossoneri, as his record of 7 goals and 9 assists from 27 matches in all-competitions this season suggests.

Although Suso is constantly improving, his development would be catalysed by playing alongside players of a higher standard than the current crop at AC Milan, so Klopp should bring him back to Anfield and hand him the chance to fill the void left by Coutinho.

Thoughts? 

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