Although the Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern were saddened to see Philippe Coutinho officially leave the club yesterday, they were relieved to finally put the lengthy saga behind them.
Following months of intense speculation, Coutinho’s links with Barcelona were finally put to rest yesterday as his astronomical £146 million move to Catalonia was finally confirmed. Understandably, the resident Kopites propping up our bar in the Tavern were disappointed to lose a player of such immense quality during the midseason window, but they believe they have enough quality within their ranks to ensure his loss does not derail their season and cost them a place in the top-four come May.
Jurgen Klopp now has to think about what his best eleven will look like in the future, as the likes of Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana, Mo Salah and even Oxlade-Chamberlain are all candidates to slot into Coutinho’s position.
Out of all of the aforementioned players, Oxlade-Chamberlain stands out as a dark horse to fill the void left by Coutinho, but considering the level of potential he has demonstrated over the years, he might well make that position his own in the seasons to come.
The England international made a sluggish start to his career at Anfield following his move from Arsenal in the summer, however, he is now beginning to improve with every passing game he plays in Liverpool red.
Now that Coutinho has departed the club, Oxlade-Chamberlain owes it to Klopp and to himself to finally become the brilliant player he promised to be as a youngster breaking through at Arsenal.
The central-attacking-midfield role is now up for grabs at Liverpool, so it is up to Oxlade-Chamberlain to seize the opportunity and prove that he is capable of becoming one of the league’s most highly-regarded talents.
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