The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern were left to feel deeply frustrated by their club’s failure to sign a replacement for Philippe Coutinho in the January window despite receiving £146 million from Barcelona for his signature.
Following weeks of speculation regarding a whole host of names who were touted to be Coutinho’s successor at Anfield, Liverpool finished the transfer window without a recognised replacement for the Brazilian. Liverpool’s failure to sign anybody with the funds accumulated from Coutinho’s sale have deeply upset the supporters who are beginning to question the ambition of their club’s owners Fenway Sports Group.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Arsenal managed to secure the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund on deadline day to ensure that Alexis Sanchez was adequately replaced following his highly-publicised transfer to Manchester United.
Shortly after Aubameyang’s transfer, The Gunners also confirmed that Mesut Ozil had signed a contract extension with the club, and there’s no doubt that the two events were intrinsically correlated. The signing of Aubameyang convinced Ozil that Arsenal’s hierarchy have genuine ambitions to return to the top-four and win silverware in the future.
The signing of the Gabonese international was a watershed moment for Arsenal, as they would have been staring another high-profile departure in the face without his arrival.
FSG must be wise and take note of the events that have taken place at Arsenal if they want to avoid losing another of their star players next summer, namely the electric Egyptian Mo Salah.
Salah’s outstanding performances in Liverpool red this season are bound to attract interest from plenty of Europe’s top clubs next summer, and he will only be able to resist the external approaches if Liverpool prove themselves in the transfer market by finally signing a replacement for Coutinho.
With that being said, Liverpool must do everything they can to sign James Rodriguez (valued at £45 million by Transfermarkt) who is currently playing his trade at Bayern Munich on loan from Real Madrid.
Rodriguez’s record in Europe is verging on exceptional for a player who many consider to have underachieved during his career so far, and a move to a Liverpool where he would be valued as one of, if not the top player at the club could be exactly what the Colombian international needs.
But most importantly, Liverpool’s acquisition of Rodriguez would prove to Salah that the clubs owners are not simply running the club as a business and retain genuine ambitions of fighting for silverware, so The Reds simply must sign Rodriguez next summer to convince their talisman to remain on Merseyside.