The Liverpool Tribune: August 2017 ".
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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

£130 MILLION IS ALOT OF MONEY FOR COUTINHO, TAKE IT AND MOVE ON LIVERPOOL

Barcelona have come in with a new improved bid of £130 million for Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho.


Barca bid £130 for Coutinho



The lecherous Catalonians refuse to accept defeat in their pursuit of one of Liverpool's best players all Summer and after their pathetic ultimatum on Sunday of a "Final Offer" of £118 million which was ignored by the Liverpool hierarchy their next desperate gambit is a very large cash sum for the Brazilian play-maker.

At this late stage I would argue that Liverpool FC should give in, take the money and let an unsettled player leave Liverpool. 

It's as if we don't have a choice, we are being corralled into selling the guy to the Spaniards no matter what.

Take the money Liverpool, let the lad go but spend it wisely on a new defender and two midfielders.



Friday, 18 August 2017

LIVERPOOL TO BID FOR DRAXLER IF COUTINHO LEAVES


Liverpool Should Move for Julian Draxler if Philippe Coutinho Leaves




 Source: Julian Draxler via Twitter


Philippe Coutinho is still a Liverpool player, but it seems that it is a matter of when, not if, he leaves. Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has revealed that talks between the two clubs are underway, and it is hard to see the Brazil international remain at Anfield beyond the summer transfer window. Not only do Barcelona have that special power of getting any player they want, but Coutinho has also handed in a transfer request and has yet to feature in the Premier League for the Reds this season.

Coutinho is one of the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League and is, without doubt, the most talented player in the current Liverpool team. The 25-year-old, who can also operate as a winger, is the creative fulcrum in Jurgen Klopp's team, and losing him would be a massive blow to the Reds. Even if the Merseyside outfit get over £100 million in transfer fees from Barcelona - whose chances of winning the league title in Spain this season are 6/5 according to latest La Liga betting odds on bet365 - at this stage of the transfer window, it would be hard for Liverpool to get a suitable replacement.

Or would it? Julian Draxler has just been made available by Paris Saint-Germain following the signing of Neymar from Barcelona in the summer transfer window. The Germany international attacker earns £90,000 per week at PSG, who want £32m in transfer fees in order to sell him. At such a relatively low price and standard wage, Liverpool should do everything they can to bring the star to Anfield.


Source: Philippe Coutinho via Twitter


Draxler is younger than Coutinho and is potentially better. The 23-year-old can operate as an attacking midfielder or as a winger, and the 2014 World Cup winner with Germany can only improve as a footballer in the coming years. A player blessed with speed and who is equally adept on two feet, Draxler is hugely experienced for a player of his age. The German made over 100 league appearances at Schalke before his move to VfL Wolfsburg in 2015. Even following his move from Wolfsburg to PSG in the January transfer window, Draxler was not exactly poor or disappointing. The attacker scored four goals and provided one assist in 12 Ligue 1 starts and one goal in two Champions League matches.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will know all about Draxler from his time in Germany. True, things have not gone as well as expected at PSG, but there is no doubt that the Germany international is a superb footballer who could become world class in the coming years. With Arsenal also reported to be interested in Draxler, it is important that Liverpool make a quick move, or else they could lose him to a direct rival for the Premier League title. Liverpool are not in a position to sign the best of the best even if they are ready to splash the clash, but the Reds can certainly entice Draxler. And so they should.

Friday, 11 August 2017

PROBABLE LIVERPOOL TEAM TO FACE WATFORD

Liverpool play their opening League fixture of 2017/18 away to Watford at 12:30pm this Saturday without Philippe Coutinho (back-injury), Adam Lallana (thigh) and Daniel Sturridge (thigh).

Despite these injuries, Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp is expected to field a strong team in a bid to get off to a good start in the Premier League this Season with new signing Momo Salah expected to start up-front along with Mané and Firmino.




James Milner may return to his preferred midfield position as Klopp seems to have been impressed with Moreno's new maturity and assurance in the left-back role in pre-season.

Lets hope that whatever side Klopp puts out that we pull out a win against Watford.












Wednesday, 9 August 2017

THE BALL IS NOW IN COUTINHO'S COURT: BARCELONA

With FC Barcelona having lodged a new improved bid of £90.3 million for Liverpool favorite, Philippe Coutinho.
What happens next is anyone's guess. 


The little magician is reported to have agreed personal terms on a wage deal with the Catalans weeks ago through his agent but he has yet to put in a formal transfer request to leave Liverpool.

Words like amical agreement cut no ice in today's mercenary world of football transfers, instead it is Liverpool FC refusing a mega offer from Barcelona while the player himself says and does nothing, leaving us all in a state of inertia.

This goes one of two ways:
  1. The player asks for a transfer and joins the Spaniards with Liverpool at a substantial financial gain.
  2. Coutinho stays at Anfield to help us compete in the Champions League, the Premier League and the Cup competitions.
Either way, it is up to Coutinho as to what he wants to do as player-power since the Bosman ruling came into force some years ago.

Liverpool fans, Klopp and FSG may just have to accept that and use the funds to try and replace him.

 

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