Coutinho to Barca: Should L'Pool have waited until summer? - FCNaija

International Edition By: Uche Duru | 02/02/2018

Since the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, Liverpool are yet to replace the Brazillian and rather opted to wait until Summer to reinforce, which has been a topic of debate in the football world.

Also, the Merseyside club has suffered a plethora of criticisms from the football sphere after loaning out Sturridge to West Brom in order to reduce wages, still without bringing in a replacement for the Englishman.

The questions in the mind of so many fans remain, are Liverpool right to wait until the summer before bringing in replacement? Instead of selling Coutinho in January should they have kept him until summer before letting him go and then finding a better replacement for the Brazillian?

Going by Christian Purslow's opinion on the subject matter, the former managing director of Liverpool Football Club blamed the club owners for selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona halfway through the season, saying they have taken an unnecessary risk with their future. The director and head of global commercial activities at Chelsea Football Club, Purlslow also pointed out that Coutinho's departure has significantly reduced their chances of winning a major trophy and increased the chance of dropping out of the top four, while maintaining that Coutinho's value would have sky-rocketed if Liverpool had held him until after the World Cup, saying a good performance and interest from other clubs could have seen the final price tip the scale at a record £200m.

My two cent on the subject matter remains that Liverpool waiting until summer in order to replace the Brazillian attacking midfielder doesn't hold water as it might rub off on them in the long run. The club agreed to the second-biggest transfer in history and made an incredible profit on the £8.5m they originally paid Inter Milan to sign Coutinho. Selling him to Barcelona for £142 million. While it is conventional that Klopp should have used the money realised for the sell of Coutinho to buy a replacement, it is also fair to point out the German manager's effort to lure Monaco star, Thomas Lemar to Anfield, which proved abortive as the club rejected the offer.

Considering Klopp's kind of person, a manager who doesn't change his priorities in terms of players he is eager to buy, a pointer to that fact can be traced to his pursuit of Vigil Van Dyjk last Summer which he ended up signing the Dutchman in Winter transfer, out of sheer resilience. Going by that, it could be said that Klopp's decision to wait until Summer is orchestrated by his key target which he believes might workout in the next transfer window.

Should Liverpool have kept Coutinho until Summer before letting him go? Liverpool's hands were tied in the case of Coutinho leaving the club to Barcelona as revealed by the manager who maintained they had done everything possible to convince him to stay. He also revealed the Brazilian playmaker had made his intention to quit clear to everyone at the club and left them with little choice but to part ways.

While it's also pessimistic to think that Coutinho's value would have increased if Liverpool had held him until after the World Cup, we should also consider the fact that the beautiful game is a sport surrounded by uncertainties, what if the Brazillian fails to shine at the 2018 World Cup showdown in Russia or incurs an injury in the process? Will his value also skyrocket? As of the time of this article, I believe the winner in the Coutinho deal remains Liverpool who churned out millions of pounds from the sale of the Brazillian to Barcelona. Buying him for £8.5 million from Inter Milan and selling him for £142 million to the La Liga giants.

A bird at hand is worth more than a million in the bush. Whether Coutinho's value will improve after the World Cup to the favour of his latest employers is still uncertain.