The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern are feeling let down by their club after they failed to sign a replacement for Philippe Coutinho during the January transfer window.
Liverpool were one of the more active clubs during the early stages of the transfer window as they managed to secure the signing of Virgil Van Dijk prior to the turn of the year, before they waved goodbye to Philippe Coutinho in a deal worth £146 million. The departure of Coutinho deeply frustrated The Reds faithful, who couldn’t understand the logic of the club’s hierarchy in allowing their best player to leave midway through the season.
The frustration felt by the Liverpool supporters was intensified by the transfer activity of their Premier League rivals who were all busy towards the latter stages of the window. Arsenal joined Liverpool in saying goodbye to their star player as Alexis Sanchez left for The Emirates for Old Trafford in a swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
However, unlike Liverpool, Arsenal successfully replaced Sanchez on transfer deadline day as they welcomed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the club from Borussia Dortmund following weeks of speculation concerning his future.
Arsenal’s success in the transfer market served to illuminate the glaring problems that exist at Liverpool under their current owners Fenway Sports Group, who also own the American baseball team the Boston Red Sox. FSG have divided opinion amongst the supporters throughout their tenure, but their failure to use the funds accumulated from Coutinho’s transfer to invest in fresh talent is bound to swing the opinion of plenty of FSG sympathisers.
It must be considered that Liverpool did indeed part with £75 million to complete the signing of Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton at the beginning of January, and they are set to bring Naby Keita to the club in the summer for a fee of £48 million, but those signings alone do not excuse the shortcomings of Liverpool’s owners.
Comparing any clubs spending habits to those of Manchester City is grossly unjustified given their supreme power in the transfer market, however, the fact that Arsenal managed to land Aubameyang to replace Sanchez serves to prove that FSG have let down their supporters.
FSG would have brought an attacking midfielder to the club to replace Coutinho if they were serious about Liverpool’s ambitions to qualify for the Champions League this season, and the fact failed to do so goes to prove the club is simply a business venture for the American owners.
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