Liverpool patrons in the Transfer Tavern are raising their ales and pondering what Jurgen Klopp’s side might look like with a Barcelona star at the heart of midfield.
And it’s not just wishful thinking from our Reds drinkers; Spanish publication Don Balon claim the Merseysiders could be offered midfielder Ivan Rakitic this summer in a swap deal that would see Philippe Coutinho move the other way.
No doubt, the majority of Liverpool fans will be disappointed to see Coutinho leave, having established himself as arguably the most talented member of the starting XI since arriving from Inter Milan in January 2013.
But Rakitic is a fantastic talent in his own right, having been a key part of the Barca side that lifted the Champions League title in 2014/15 and having twice claimed a slot in the illustrious La Liga Team of the Season.
And it seems most – but not all – Liverpool fans on Twitter would be more than happy to sanction the deal, should Don Balon’s report prove accurate come the summer. Here’s a look at some of the best responses…
Rumours of Rakitic plus a hefty fee for Coutinho.. doubt theres only me that would snap their hands off #LFC
— James Botts (@jbotts85) March 27, 2017
I wouldn’t want Rakitic. I’d rather have Mascherano back or a youngster like Sergi Samper or Carles Aleña. https://t.co/urQ2Lvxuo2
— Andreas Timgren (@AndreasTimgren) March 26, 2017
If we’d manage to get Rakitic and Rodriguez, I’d volunteer to go through severe hypnosis to literally forget Coutinho’s name.
— Paul (@Kolology) March 26, 2017
If Coutinho does want to leave this summer I would love Rakitic as part of the deal. Top, top player! https://t.co/MG0dott1ii
— Leanne Stones (@leanneJFT96) March 27, 2017
Jamès Rodriguez and Ivan Rakitic linked with Liverpool. Prime silly season.
— Matt Thielen (@MelwoodDaily) March 26, 2017
See we’re being linked with James Rodriguez and Ivan Rakitic. What do we reckon? I’d love either. Less happy about swapping Coutinho though
— Paul J Machin (@ThePaulMachin) March 26, 2017
Wohooo Barca offers 65 Mill + Rakitic for Coutinho
— Rifqi Satria D (@eRifqi) March 27, 2017
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