Liverpool supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern this week in anticipation of Sunday’s Premier League clash with leaders Manchester City, a game they go into unbeaten in their last 17 games in all competitions.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have been in excellent form in the last few months and look well set for success going into the second half of the season, sitting fourth in the Premier League table as well as reaching the last 16 of the Champions League. And the Reds began their quest for a first FA Cup title since 2006 with a 2-1 win over Everton at Anfield last Friday, with goals from James Milner and Virgil van Dijk either side of Gylfi Sigurdsson’s equaliser enough to see off Sam Allardyce’s side, and thus book them a spot in the last 32.
Subsequently, there have been many delighted Liverpudlians in the Tavern this week, although Philippe Coutinho’s departure to Barcelona has somewhat curbed that optimism, yet a recent report from The Daily Telegraph suggests that a big sale like that is not set to become commonplace at Anfield.
The Reds were particularly stubborn over the summer in rejecting multiple bids for the 25-year-old, yet a reported figure of £142 million was clearly too good to turn down for a player seemingly hoping for a move to Barcelona.
However, recent reports suggest that big departures like that will not become a regular thing at Anfield under Klopp, with the Reds believing that it will not become a ‘trend’ that the best players leave the club.
Thus, although Coutinho’s departure is sure to have frustrated some of our resident Liverpudlians, news that big departures will not become a regular thing is sure to give them some confidence going forward.
Landlord’s verdict: Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona was seemingly inevitable as soon as the Spanish side registered an interest, even if Liverpool did keep hold of him over the summer amid intense speculation.
However, there does appear to be some transfer optimism behind the scenes at Liverpool as reports suggest that the 25-year-old’s sale will not be the catalyst for other big-name departures at Anfield, a ‘trend’ that took place at Borussia Dortmund under now Liverpool chief Jurgen Klopp.
And with the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, among many, many others, still at the club, this recent update is sure to come as a boost to Reds fans, who can turn their attentions back to the football this weekend when their side face Manchester City on Sunday.
Liverpool fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!