Liverpool fans would rejoice hearing this news. Latest reports from Liverpool Echo indicate that Spanish side Barcelona have ended their interest in signing Reds’ playmaker Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilian international has always been pivotal to Jurgen Klopp’s plans for the upcoming season. We have maintained our stance that the midfielder is not for sale at ‘any price’ although the Catalans tried their best to change that.
Flush With Cash
Interest from Barcelona has always been there but it turned into desperation once their forward Neymar moved to French side Paris Saint-Germain in a world record £198million move. PSG had to buy out his release clause which means the Spanish side is flush with cash and can go with more vigour in the transfer market. Their initial plan was to add Coutinho to the ranks and use him to convince Neymar to stay.
Liverpool Always In The Driving Seat
The Reds though, were always in pole position to keep the star player. Anfield faithful have adored Coutinho and Klopp has time and again reiterated that he has no intention of selling him. The German tactician’s man-management skills have seen the player improve his performances and there is anticipation at the club that this season could be a game changer.
Liverpool To Resist All Advances
Michael Owen has backed his former club to resist any advances and hold on to their best player. There were reports that a £72million bid was tabled by Barcelona which was duly rejected by the Anfield chiefs (Guardian).
There are reports from Italian outlets Corriere dello Sport and Gazzetta dello Sport (via Liverpool Echo) that Barcelona may now look at the option of signing Argent0ina international Paulo Dybala from Juventus. He is a national teammate of Lionel Messi.
Barcelona May End Coutinho Chase
All this have meant that the Catalans had to admit defeat in their chase of Coutinho. This transfer season has seen Liverpool be more of a ‘buying club’ than a selling one. With Mohamed Salah, Dominic Solanke and Andy Robertson having already signed for the club, there is an increased balance to the side. Selling Coutinho will bring us back to square minus one and hence we should not even think of that.
Newcastle United interested in signing highly-rated 21-year-old Liverpool starlet
Newcastle United are interested in Dominic Solanke, according to the Newcastle Chronicle (h/t Liverpool Echo). The report claims that the club is also looking at another Liverpool striker, Divock Origi.
The club already have a couple of players on loan from English sides, Salomon Rondon and Kenedy, and would not be allowed to make another loan move in the January window.
Solanke has struggled for game time this season and hasn’t played a single minute of football for the senior side. The 21-year-old did score a goal for the Reds in the Premier League last season and made 21 appearances in the competition.
However, only five of those were starts and the youngster hasn’t featured in any of the cup games this season either. Minutes on the pitch will be tough for the Englishman as Liverpool prefer Roberto Firmino to lead the attack.
Daniel Sturridge has seen a revival in his Anfield career this season and has four goals to his name in all competitions.
Solanke does need time on the pitch to get better and it will be interesting to see if we are willing to let him leave in the winter window or not.
Liverpool injury update: Reds confirm that star attacker has undergone a successful surgery
The Senegalese star’s surgery was supervised by our medics and was successful. The report adds that Mane’s recovery will be monitored in the coming days ahead of our clash against Huddersfield on Saturday.
The 26-year-old is on a bit of a goal drought as he hasn’t scored for club or country since September 1. Mane’s last goal came in the 2-1 win over Leicester and the 26-year-old doesn’t even have an assist to his name since scoring that goal against the Foxes.
Liverpool need their top stars to be firing but have a number of injury concerns ahead of the Huddersfield clash. Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and James Milner all have issues that the club have to keep an eye on but we could see a couple of them start against the Terriers.
The Reds haven’t won a game since their 3-0 triumph over Southampton on 22nd September, but we should start as favourites against a win-less Huddersfield.
It will be interesting to see what Jurgen Klopp does with his team. We don’t have tough fixtures until te game against Arsenal November 3, and this is the ideal time for the manager to rotate the squad.
Mane is an important player for the team but he should only play when he is 100% fit.
Barcelona interested in January swoop for 29-year-old Liverpool star
The Croatian has a couple of starts for the Reds this season, with one coming in the 0-0 draw against Manchester City last week.
The 29-year-old has seen his spot in the starting XI taken up by Joe Gomez. Liverpool seem to prefer a centre-back pairing of Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, and that has seen us concede just three goals in eight Premier League games.
The La Liga champions are facing a bit of a crisis at the back, as per the report. Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen are out for a while and that only leaves Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet as the fit central defenders in the team.
Barcelona haven’t looked invincible this season and have conceded nine goals in eight games. They sit second in the league behind Sevilla and have won just four of their opening eight games in the competition.
Lovren, for his part, recently came back from an injury he picked up during the World Cup. The Croatian looked in decent touch against Manchester City and selling him in January would be a big risk taken by the Reds.
Liverpool only have Joel Matip as their other senior central defender and we need to keep the Croatian at the club until the end of the season just in case there’s an injury crisis.
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