Phil Thompson said Liverpool should replace Coutinho with Suarez, Aguero or Alli His knowledge of football must be a state if he can only list these famous faces as replacements – I’m surprised he didn’t throw in Ronaldo and Bale too. He’s right by saying if you don’t ask you don’t get, but come on, he’s lost the plot if he thinks Liverpool have a chance of signing any of those.
It’s not even about the Barcelona interest at this point - I just don’t get you wouldn’t keep your options open knowing you’re a top PL player. It’s not like he needed the security of a new LFC contract so what was the incentive to sign? I think he saw money being offered and bit.
If I was his agent i’d be insisting on a RC, knowing he’s LFC best player and that anything can happen in football. I think he’s been poorly advised tbh
Money and that he was bound to a contract at them for another 3 years anyway.
And meh, RC aren’t handed out in the PL unless you’re prime Suarez and if there was one that clause would have to be high enough for maybe 2-3 clubs in the world being able to trigger it, if at all. It would still have to be north of what Barcelona is offering, considering the money in the league even last summer.
Tbh they should probably take the money for him. He’s their best player, but even in this inflated market that’s paying over the top for him. As I saw someone tweet earlier (cba to find it), both Liverpool and Barcelona are doing stupid things to prove they are a big club (offering that much money and Liverpool rejecting it ).
My Liverpool fan has just informed me though that the bids are nothing like the sums they are reported as… (which makes sense, because turning down £114m for Coutinho just doesn’t)
The £82m was supposedly paid over like 5 years and the add-ons are very unreachable for the most part.
Apparently the bids are a bit insulting, I suppose they will finally sell him when Barça stops doing their Catalan penny-pinching thing and gives a good offer.
Tbh, though, I would be looking to seal Dembele first, because he’s the difference maker and the real replacement for Neymar. They need both but I’m surprised they are not making more progress on the first.
What would you say if Alexis was 25 and had years left on his contract? The last time Liverpool took a great price for their best player they ended up investing that money in Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli and then floating around 5th-7th.
If it was the case that you could take your money and buy a legitimate replacement for the same or a bit less then it’s worth selling but if all you’re going to end up with is money in the bank and a worse team then what’s the point, even for £115m? Even Barcelona are struggling to seal deals at over £100m so I doubt Liverpool can have much hope of coming home with an adequate replacement in the next 10 days.
They’ve been on the fringes since they sold Suarez and it’s only now they’re putting a team together and are back in the CL. It’d be silly to let finance get in the way of football when they don’t seem to be desperate for the money. I’m sure Coutinho will be professional enough if the window shuts and he’s been forced to stay. If he signed a new deal he doesn’t really have a leg to stand on.
If they’re able to use the extra funds to over pay for Naby Keita (they’ve already had a near £70m offer rejected, probably looking at very close to Pogba money) then go ahead and sell, if not hold onto him because the chances of being able to attract similar talent are unlikely imo.
That’s very true. But I think the two are not wholly comparable. For one thing Suarez was much more important for Liverpool, they were never going to properly replace him. Countinho is important, but this type of player is easier to replace than 30+ goals in a season.
The ball in certainly in their court though, with Countinho on a 5 year contract. With it being a world cup year he’d be stupid to further alienate himself from the manager (although I assume he’ll do so until the end of the window).
Also, I agree @AbouCuellar. Barcelona should be pursuing Demebel over Countinho. He’s the player that could potentially replace Neymar in the future.
Money being thrown about during this Summer is just simply mental. Though fiar play to Liverpool for standing their ground, difficult no doubt to turn that sorta money down. This could well run until deadline day.