Liverpool supporters have been slightly downbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last few hours after seeing their side only muster a 0-0 draw at home to struggling West Brom on Wednesday night, thus drawing for the third successive time at Anfield in the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were held by champions Chelsea back on November 25 before conceding a late leveller against Merseyside rivals Everton on Sunday, all the same losing ground on league leaders Manchester City. And they weren’t able to record a fifth home league victory of the campaign on Wednesday either as Alan Pardew’s Baggies defended well to thwart the Reds, a result which moved the visitors out of the Premier League’s bottom three, at the same time instigating Liverpool’s fall out of the division’s top four.
Consequently, there have been many deflated Liverpudlians in the Tavern in the last few hours, and their mood is unlikely to improve if a recent report from The Daily Star is anything to go by, which outlines comments from Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta regarding his side’s pursuit of Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazil international was subject of several bids from the Spanish giants during the summer but Liverpool held firm to see him remain at Anfield beyond the August 31 deadline, yet reports in recent times suggest that Ernesto Valverde’s side will try their luck again in the New Year.
And midfield maestro Iniesta, winner of eight La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns during his time at the Nou Camp, has backed his team to land the influential 25-year-old in January.
He said, when asked about Coutinho and fellow target Yerry Mina: ‘I think they would be two important reinforcements to the squad.
‘If the club wants to strengthen those positions, it should be with players that can be prepared to withstand the pressure of a club like this, and they would be two big signings.’
And these comments are unlikely to thrill our resident Liverpool fans, many of whom may well enter the New Year full of dread regarding the future of one of their prized assets.
Landlord’s verdict: Philippe Coutinho’s proposed move to Barcelona dominated the summer transfer window, only for the 25-year-old to remain at Anfield beyond the August 31 deadline.
The 33-year-old has won eight La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns at the Nou Camp so certainly knows what it takes to succeed at the club, so for him to back a possible move for Coutinho speaks volumes about the Brazilian’s suitability to the side.
And that is only going to unnerve Liverpool fans even more heading into the New Year.
Liverpool fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!