The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern are feeling bitterly disappointed by the departure of Philippe Coutinho.
Following a tumultuous transfer saga, the future of Philippe Coutinho finally became clear over the weekend as his dream move to Barcelona was confirmed in a deal worth a staggering £142 million. Naturally, the resident Reds in the tavern have been feeling disheartened by the transfer due to the timing of the move.
Of course, the supporters are saddened by his departure on a more general note, but the fact he has left when the club still have aspirations of collecting silverware and qualifying for the Champions League has particularly angered them.
However, Liverpool need to swiftly put his departure behind them and begin preparing for the future with the acquisition of a replacement for Coutinho as soon as possible.
If Liverpool can secure a quality replacement for Coutinho, then it’s fair to say that their future will look very bright indeed considering The Reds are set to welcome RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita to the club in the summer.
But according to reports from UEFA accredited journalist Chris Williams on Twitter, Liverpool are interested in bringing Keita’s move forward this January, although their wishes are unlikely to come true because of the German club’s unwillingness to allow him to leave during the mid-season window.
Leipzig are not open to letting Naby Keita leave during this window. Europa League challenges and a quest for Champions League qualification through the #Bundesliga far outweigh the departure of any key player in January. #RBL
— Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) January 7, 2018
And the reports have intensified the fury of the Liverpool fans on Twitter who have lamented their club’s failure to adopt the same stance as RB Leipzig and keep Coutinho on Merseyside this month.
Here’s what the Liverpool fans had to say about their club’s transfer policy on Twitter…
That’s exactly what our stance should have been over Phil
— Nasek (@n4sek) January 7, 2018
Surely this is the same principle we should of used when Barcelona came calling?
— Marc (@wrightylfc1234) January 7, 2018
Funny how @LFC let Coutinho go and they are basically in the same position league wise as Leipzig. Losing Coutinho now could cost the club a champions league spot next year . Disgraceful but with @fenwaysports running the club I am not surprised .
— John Cheevers (@johnjaw1) January 7, 2018
Exactly the same reasons that I expected LFC not to let Coutinho go?
That didn’t go to plan!
— Andrew Lewis #YNWA (@KAL_EL773) January 7, 2018
Leipzig more ambitious than Liverpool
— LFC (@DavidElliott720) January 7, 2018
— FSG_out (@out_fsg) January 8, 2018
Oh the irony. It's OK. We don't have the same principles
— RIHF (@rageinhisfeet) January 7, 2018
Can't believe we did not take this stance. Absolute farce from the club with no back up plan. Just making it up as they go along
— Kevin63Murray (@Kevin63Murray) January 7, 2018
fsg are clueless they already know this and are making it out to look like they were 'willing' and they 'tried'.
— Paul (@OKane_LFC) January 7, 2018