The twists and turns keep on coming in the failed Philippe Coutinho’s transfer to Barcelona. The Brazilian remained a Liverpool player even after submitting a transfer request and we have always maintained that Coutinho was never going to leave the side, no matter how much Barcelona paid us.
The Metro, however, carries a report from German publication, Bild, which claims that we were more than happy to sell our 25-year-old star to Barcelona as long as we signed Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller.
That does seem a little hard to believe given that the German has been one of the stars for the Bundesliga giants. But his star power has been waning over the last year or so and with Carlo Ancelotti signing a number of young stars, Muller’s time on the pitch as well as his contributions have reduced.
Barcelona were ready to pay up to £118million for Coutinho and if we were to sell him, getting Muller would not have been a bad option, especially beacause of his versatility of playing anywhere across the front line.
However, that still remains a pipe-dream as Bayern outright rejected this deal, as they too never had any intention of selling the German World Cup winner.
A Lot Of Work Still To Be Done At Liverpool
It would have been a treat for all of us had Muller signed for us. He certainly would have been a great forward to play alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah but we really shouldn’t complain since we have Coutinho in our side.
We have a lot of work ahead of us, thanks to our recent performances. Jurgen Klopp’s side have not won a single match in their last four outings and the latest 2-0 loss to Leicester City will hurt a lot.
We face Leicester again in the league on Saturday and if Philippe Coutinho can show his form from last season and link up well with the rest of the side, we might have something to cheer and return to Anfield with a point or more.