As you can imagine, the Liverpool fans here in the Transfer Tavern are getting more and more annoyed about the fact their star man is always linked away. Indeed, all this talk about Philippe Coutinho’s future has grown really rather tiresome.
So, having said that, reports from the Daily Mail suggesting the club could land a big-name European midfielder have proven a very welcome distraction indeed. According to them, the Reds may emerge as an option for Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic should Coutinho depart.
The latter was a huge money target for the Blaugrana over the course of the summer and, with a January bid reportedly expected, Rakitic is understood not to fancy suddenly playing second fiddle to the Brazilian. At the age of 30, the former Sevilla man is thought to have one more big move in him, apparently considering his options.
This report claims the Catalan giants could use the Champions League winner as part of a swap deal should Jurgen Klopp decide he can fit the Liverpool mould, something our resident Reds think should be easy enough for a player of his quality.
While Rakitic’s level has dropped somewhat in the last few years, few would doubt his quality. To play in that midfield – which at times included Xavi, Iniesta and Sergio Busquets – you’d have to be a special talent.
Indeed, the Croatia star would be a big addition to a Liverpool midfield not all too sure on what it wants to be.