The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping the Philippe Coutinho transfer saga will be wrapped up in the next few days.
Speculation regarding the future of Coutinho has persisted since the summer transfer window of 2017, and the resident Reds propping up the bar in the tavern are quite simply fed up of hearing about it. But now that the January transfer window has opened once again, it is looking extremely likely that the saga will finally reach its conclusion this month.
Liverpool should have plenty of money to reinvest in new players in the likely event that Coutinho makes the switch from Merseyside to Catalonia.
Coutinho will certainly command an astronomical fee for his services, and Klopp will need to reinvest the money accumulated from his sale very wisely to ensure that The Reds fill the void left by their Brazilian playmaker.
The Liverpool supporters have already opened discussions on Twitter with regards to who they should sign with the money acquired from Coutinho’s sale, and it seems Lazio’s central midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of their primary targets.
The Serbian talent can play in a variety of roles through the centre of the pitch, but he does not represent a like-for-like replacement for Coutinho – a factor which may deter Klopp from placing a bid.
However, the Liverpool supporters on Twitter have been impressed by what they’ve seen of Milinkovic-Savic in Serie A since his move from Genk in August 2015, and they are eager to see the club make a formal approach for his signature this month.
Here’s what the Liverpool fans had to say about a potential move for Milinkovic-Savic…
We should be looking to raid the Serie A. Some of the best talent in football is there. Alisson, Škriniar, Jorginho or Milinković-Savić, would instantly make us better. Alisson and Jorginho would be my two realistic/affordable picks.
— Dharma Bhagalia
We should be at a minimum, showing interest in Sergej Milinković-Savić. €100m is a lot, but for a complete midfielder who will become one of the best on the planet in 2-3 years time, it’s worth it. Can cover all areas of the midfield. His dominant physique is something we lack.
— Dharma Bhagalia
Always said this. Keita-Savic-Goretzka would run the premier league.
— Silvestre_LFC (@silvestretovar) January 2, 2018
Excellent replacement for Emre Can
— Fourmiz (@4miz_luimm) January 3, 2018
Beast of a player
— pedu stunt (@PeduStunt) January 3, 2018
Lemar & Milinkovic-Savic for a few million over what we get for Coutinho. That's my dream. Keita & Milinkovic-Savic in a two man midfield is
If we keep Coutinho until the summer, we don't need Lemar & won't buy anyone else this window. We're going to need another top level CM, with Can leaving.
Milinkovic-Savic ticks so many boxes, & if he's on our radar, we've proven we'll pay top dollar now.
— Kevin (@emptyMINDZ) January 4, 2018
Milinkovic-Savic is the dream signing in this role
— Umar Ismail (@umareps) January 3, 2018