The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern were absolutely ecstatic on New Year’s Day after Ragnar Klavan’s last-gasp strike secured all three-points for the travelling Reds.
Liverpool’s trip to Turf Moor kicked off the New Year in typical Jurgen Klopp fashion, as his side left it late to score a decisive second goal in Lancashire. Sadio Mane broke the deadlock in the 61st minute with an excellent left-footed finish on the half-turn, and for a while it looked as if the Senegalese star’s strike would prove to be the difference against Burnley. But Johann Gudmundson’s stooping header in the 87th minute gave Liverpool a temporary scare before Klavan scored his first goal for the club in injury time to send the travelling Liverpool supporters into raptures.
Amidst a new wave of speculation regarding his future, Philippe Coutinho was left out of the squad which travelled to Burnley for Liverpool’s first fixture of 2018.
All things considered, it looks as if Coutinho is set to leave the club for FC Barcelona this month in a transfer that will certainly see Liverpool receive an astronomical fee for the Brazilian’s services.
Although there are plenty of talented players at the club who will be relishing the prospect of stepping into Coutinho’s shoes in the likely event that he departs the club, Klopp will be eager to bring a worthy replacement to the club as soon as possible.
Aside from Coutinho, there is only one player in Europe of a similar age and ability who will be able to match the standard set by Liverpool’s electric number 10, namely Paulo Dybala of Juventus who is currently valued at £75 million by Transfermarkt.
According to The Daily Mail, Dybala is a prime target for Manchester United, but Liverpool should do everything they can to beat United to his signature this month.
The loss of Coutinho will be a bitter blow for Liverpool to take, and the only player who can somewhat fill the void left by their crown jewel is the highly-regarded Argentinian ace.