When we heard Liverpool would be selling Philippe Coutinho for £142 million, our first thought was: ‘Oh no, not again – will we have another Andy Carroll(esque) signing?’
The Reds have had a recent knack of wasting money and so we’ve taken a quick look at what would be a far better way of spending the cash…
Liverpool have had a problem at left back for years and haven’t been able to solve it.
Andy Robertson has looked steady since he’s started getting a run of games, but steady doesn’t win you the league. Ryan Sessegnon is 17 years old but has made over 50 senior appearances and is performing admirably in the Championship. We think Liverpool should look to loan him back to Fulham for the remainder of the season and then begin developing him next year.
A good investment for the future and in today’s market could potentially be available for a relatively decent price.
It’s no secret that another problem area for Liverpool is in goal. Loris Karius hasn’t looked like much of an upgrade on Simon Mignolet, so another keeper is imperative if they are to mount a title challenge in the nearby future. Jan Oblak could provide the answer. In 15/16 he conceded a record low 18 goals in La Liga and has looked assured ever since.
He cost Atletico under £20m in 2014 and would probably cost more than double that now. We reckon matching the British record for a goalkeeper might do it – £35m.
The final, obvious problem area for Liverpool is centre back. Signing Virgil Van Dijk will help and Joel Matip has looked very good, (albeit in a shambolic defence), but they both need competition. Jamal Lascelles could be the solution here. Newcastle are yet to win without him in the team and his effect is clear. The sort of desire shown by Lascelles wouldn’t go amiss at Liverpool.
We reckon if he is loaned back for the remainder of the season, with his wages paid by Liverpool, perhaps the Reds could go with £25m.
Both Manchester clubs have made an offer for this man but surely Liverpool is a more attractive offer than one of them (sorry Man United fans). Alexis Sanchez is a player who can turn a game round on his own. He is not a direct replacement for Coutinho at all, but we’re sure Liverpool fans could get behind a Fab Four that contains Sanchez instead of Philippe Coutinho.
We’re matching the competition with this bid – £25 million.
The final player on the list could help not only fill, but improve on a big Emre Can shaped hole this summer. At 22 years old, he still has time to develop and could form a very strong midfield partnership with Naby Keita. Julian Weigl moved to Borussia Dortmund in 2014 and hasn’t looked back since. He has made over 65 appearances, proving to be competent in possession and strong in a challenge.
He is the most expensive man on this list but if Liverpool can haggle a good deal then £37 million (the money the Reds would have left) is potentially achievable.
The total cost is £142 million, not too shabby for one Coutinho.