The Reds faithful in the Transfer Tavern were expecting at least one more signing after their club sanctioned the sale of Philippe Coutinho, and the fact they failed to sign a replacement for the Brazilian has deeply angered the supporters propping up our bar.
Liverpool were busy concluding deals at the start of the transfer window as they welcomed Virgil Van Dijk to the club in a £75 million deal from Southampton before they allowed Philippe Coutinho to make his dream move to Barcelona for £146 million.
The weeks that followed Coutinho’s departure were littered with stories regarding a whole host of players who were rumoured to be arriving in Liverpool to fill the void left by the Brazilian. However, despite having weeks to organise a replacement, Liverpool did not manage to bring a talented player to the club by the end of the window.
Jurgen Klopp has plenty of talent within his squad who could step into Coutinho’s position such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana, and Roberto Firmino, but that is no excuse for Liverpool’s failure to bring a new player to the club last month.
FSG and Klopp may well have decided that the inflated economy of the January transfer market combined with their collective faith in Liverpool’s current squad to qualify for the Champions League this year were reason enough to delay the acquisition of Coutinho’s replacement until the summer.
If that is the case then it’s likely that Liverpool’s scouts are already on a mission to identify their ideal replacement throughout Europe’s most prestigious leagues, and one player they certainly should keep an eye on is Bayern Munich’s James Rodriguez.
According to Spanish media outlet GOl Digital, Rodriguez could be persuaded to make a switch to the Premier League to embark on a new challenge in his career, although he is currently just over a quarter of the way through his two-year loan spell with Bayern Munich from Real Madrid.
However, Liverpool should do everything they can to persuade Bayern and Madrid to reach an agreement about cutting his deal short next summer so they can secure their ideal replacement for Coutinho.
Rodriquez (valued at £45 million by Transfermarkt) has shown during his career so far that he is physically an excellent athlete, a source of cutting-edge creativity, and technically gifted. In short, he has all of the attributes that are needed to succeed in the Premier League, so Liverpool should already be making an enquiry about the possibility of signing the 26-year-old next summer.