Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has assembled one of the most exciting attacking line-ups in European football since his appointment in 2015, and looks set to guide his side to yet another Champions League finish this season.
Reds fans have enjoyed life so far under the German, and restoring the club to Europe’s premier competition is so far the highlight of the former Borussia Dortmund boss’ reign. Regulars here in The Transfer Tavern, our Scouse contingent are always keen for a chinwag about their beloved side, and love nothing more than discussing the future of their club over a cold pint or two. The future of Philippe Coutinho has been a recurring theme in the past eighteen months, but it now appears that the saga could be coming to an end, with The Independent reporting that Liverpool believe the Brazilian’s transfer to Barcelona is inevitable.
Such news will disappoint fans, who had retained a small sense of hope that the 25-year-old would rebuff the advances of the Spanish giants, but the lure of playing alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez appears to have been too difficult to resist.
Landlord’s Verdict: Speculation has gone on long enough surrounding the future of Coutinho, and Liverpool must put an end to constant rumours and accept an offer for the player. Monster sums have been touted for the former Inter Milan midfielder, and Liverpool must take the money and run while it is on offer. Fans have been left holding on for too long, and Klopp needs the money to reinvest in his squad.
Coutinho must be allowed to leave as his heart is already in Barcelona, and his sale will not be as keenly felt as that of Luis Suarez, who was the life and soul of the Liverpool side under Brendan Rodgers. The club have the players to step up in the absence of the player, and Liverpool must sell either this month, or have a deal in place for the summer.
Liverpool fans, is it time to let Coutinho go? Let us know!