Philippe Coutinho has been wonderful for Liverpool since the departure of Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard. After leading his side through difficult times during the past two years, he has confirmed his place among the Kop heroes that the fans love to adore. The Brazilian magician is arguably one of their most valuable players, with the ability to change the course of a game, with a box-office moment. Although he hasn’t been the most consistent player, still each season he has increased his value at the club and has gone on to become one of the indispensible players in the squad.
Recently, Coutinho has been linked with a move away from Anfield, with Paris Saint Germain and Barcelona rumoured to be interested. The central attacking midfielder now under the care of Jurgen Klopp has cemented his place in the team alongside fellow Brazilian Firmino. However with Champions League qualification still eluding the Reds, Coutinho might be tempted to move to one of the bigger clubs in Europe. Although personally I feel it won’t be right move for him, as his inconsistencies could see him being used a squad player at clubs like Barcelona and PSG rather than the focal point of a team. Nevertheless, here are three players Liverpool could look towards to fill the void Coutinho would leave should he join another club this summer.
The German midfielder has been heavily linked with Liverpool this summer, especially given the respect Klopp and him have for each other. He will be a like to like replacement for Coutinho but will bring with years of experience of playing at the top level, even Champions League.
The 24 year old midfielder has won several major trophies throughout his career but seems to have fallen down the pecking order at Bayern under the former boss Pep Guardiola. He boasts of terrific passing and goal scoring ability. With Carlo Ancelotti now incharge at Bayern, the German might be tempted to stay and prove his worth but if anyone can convince him to move on to a new challenge, it is Jurgen Klopp.
Another Brazilian in our list, this time it’s the The Paris Saint-Germain speedster Lucas Moura. After struggling to get going properlywhen he first arrived in Paris, Moura seemed to have settled down last season. However with new arrivals imminent at this stage, his future has again been thrown in uncertainty.
The 23 year old is primarily a right winger, which would allow the likes of Firmino and Lallana to shift to a more central role, which might actually help the team in playing in a more balanced way.
Hatem Ben Arfa
The Frenchman has had a brilliant last season for Nice, scoring 17 goals in 32 games. He was unlucky not to have been picked up by Deschamp for the Euros being held in his homeland. Ben Arfa can play as an attacking midfielder or a winger, making him a versatile option, and he also possesses a great number of tricks in his locker. His left foot is capable of producing some spectacular moments. He didn’t have successful career England last time around with Newcastle United and Hull City, however at Liverpool he will be part of team which has a great coach and some high caliber players to help him reach the heights that he missed last time around.