It is hard to believe that Philippe Coutinho’s transfer to Barcelona will be topped this transfer window, with the constant speculation surrounding the Brazilian finally put to bed.
Coutinho dazzled Anfield and the Premier League for five-years in a Liverpool shirt, but his £150 million move to Barcelona, a move he has called a “dream”, is now complete.
The 25-year-old will grace the pitch with the world’s greatest player in the eyes of many, and a former team-§mate whom he came so close to winning the Premier League title with, Luis Suarez.
Of course, Coutinho will be a loss to Liverpool and the Premier League for that matter, but Jurgen Klopp now has serious funds at his disposal to strengthen his squad.
The attacking talent and force Liverpool have under their wing has never been questioned, with Mohamed Salah adding to that significantly this season.
It is of the opinion of many that the Anfield outfit, who have flirted with Premier League glory in recent years, can be Manchester City’s greatest competitors for the trophy next season with the right additions.
Naby Keita will join up with Klopp’s men next season to bolster the midfield, and with the addition of Virgil Van Dijk, it bodes well for them moving forward.
There are still areas that can be strengthened in Liverpool’s side though, and Coutinho’s void is perhaps not even top of the pile.
The goalkeeper position is still one I’m sure Liverpool fans will agree can be improved, as well as defensive frailties that Van Dijk should reduce but not eradicate.
Without a doubt, there will be another ‘Coutinho’ out there, a player available for a small fee that turns out to be worth millions, but in today’s crazy and competitive market, it’d be a surprise for Klopp to go down that road.
The quality Coutinho blessed Anfield with will be dearly missed for sure, but when Barcelona come knocking history suggests there is only one outcome.
When a star player leaves like the Brazilian it is a strange feeling for football supporters, but in the attacking department, Liverpool have magnificent talent, devastating talent on their day.
The midfield magician will undoubtedly be a success at Barcelona, and whilst not seeing his twinkling toes dazzle past defenders, or not seeing him lace one into the top corner will be a miss for Liverpool, there will certainly be life and success after Coutinho at Anfield.