When Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool over a year ago, many fans thought it was the end of an era.
The Brazilian playmaker had been one the Reds’ best players for the good part of four seasons, and his club-record departure from Merseyside to Liverpool was feared to be likely to send Jurgen Klopp’s side down a peg in their quest to return to European’s elite.
Fast-forward to now and things couldn’t be more different.
Although Coutinho has experienced success in the Catalan capital with two La Liga titles already, Liverpool have gone from strength to strength without the Brazilian in the side, taking the Premier League title to the final game this season and completing one of the greatest Champions League comebacks ever against Barcelona to send the Reds to their second European final in two years.
Liverpool have been on an upward trajectory since Coutinho’s departure, but it doesn’t mean he hasn’t been missed. The Reds have still largely been unable to add that creative quality the playmaker, left, but they could soon replace that if reports in Spain are to be believed.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Klopp has reignited his interest in Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio, who has found it hard to keep a first-team spot for Los Blancos.
Signed for just £3.15 million (as per Transfermarkt), Asensio would be the perfect player to add that creative spark back into Liverpool. The Spanish midfielder is a joy to watch on the ball, able to create chances anywhere in the final third and occasionally pop-up with a goal or two.
Nabil Fekir was obviously a target over the course of last summer but the Real Madrid man is undoubtedly an upgrade here. Yes, his progress might have slowed down since he initially burst onto the scene in the Spanish capital, but the La Roja ace has so much of his career ahead of him and boasts a frankly astounding level of ability.
He’s got the technical quality you’d expect of a Spanish attacking midfielder these days but also the kind of engine that’d help him flourish under Klopp, who famously likes to adopt a heavy metal style. A dream signing perhaps, but FSG have proven they’re willing to splash the cash on some of Europe’s elite talents.
Liverpool might have grown leaps and bounds since Coutinho’s departure, but the creative quality Asensio can bring to the club will be nothing but a positive for Klopp’s side.
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