Liverpool have coped remarkably well since Philippe Coutinho left the club and the supporters seem to have forgotten about the Brazilian despite their disgust at his mid-season sale.
The decision of the Liverpool hierarchy to sell Coutinho to Barcelona in January was greeted with mass discontent among the Reds faithful who believed they were shooting themselves in the foot by offloading a key player midway through the season. But if anything Coutinho’s departure seemed to galvanise the Reds as they marched on to a Champions League final and a 4th place finish in the Premier League.
Despite this, Jurgen Klopp would be wise to sign a new number ten player in the future to add a new dynamic to his midfield. Klopp has Adam Lallana to call upon in an attacking midfield role, but his inconsistency and struggle with injuries should encourage the Liverpool manager to keep a close eye on the development of Ante Coric.
The Croatian midfielder is widely regarded as one of the most promising talents on the continent, but Roma still managed to secure his signature for a fee of just £5.4 million in the summer – a figure which represents peanuts in the current economic climate, especially for a young player who is stacked with potential.
The 21-year-old is a technically gifted playmaker who, like Coutinho, is at his scintillating best when he is given time and space to drive at the opposition with the ball at his feet. In the final-third Coric has the ability to carve open defences with his creative instincts and vision to execute an incisive through-ball, and with further development on his decision-making there is no doubt he can become a future star in European football.
Despite the fact Roma paid just £5.4 million for his services, Liverpool should expect to part with a huge figure to secure his services if he manages to emulate the form he demonstrated at Dinamo Zagreb in Serie A. It’s a true test for Coric with the expectation of the Croatian nation resting on his shoulders and the small price-tag should certainly not fool potential suitors.
Roma grabbed themselves a bargain this summer and will be expecting to make a healthy profit on the rising star if Liverpool eventually decide that he has the potential to become the club’s first electric number ten since Coutinho.
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