This for us is complete and utter nonsense.
But it’ll get fans talking, no doubt.
Stan Collymore, who played for Liverpool in the 1990s, reckons we should cash in on Coutinho, who’s been poor since returning from injury at the start of 2017.
The controversial pundit thinks we should sell him to Barcelona and bring in a more physical player to join the front-three…
In his column for Boyle Sports Collymore wrote: “Coutinho is a great six games a season player, when we all salute his little genius, goals and creativity and I know he’s been injured but I’m just not sure Liverpool will ever be able to hang their hat on him to guarantee big performances week in, week out.
“The fact Lallana and Mane have kicked on under Klopp so much more than the little Brazilian tells my intuition that if one of the Iberian giants were to tickle the Reds fancy, even having signed a bumper contract, I personally would sell him if the price were right.
“I would get a more dominating physical presence like Mane in that attacking three. Controversial I know but Phil just isn’t that consistent.”
Ok, so where do we begin here?
Coutinho is out of form: CORRECT. So was Luis Suarez when he first joined Barcelona. So was Thierry Henry for about a season at Arsenal. So is world’s most expensive footballer Paul Pogba.
Before his injury, Coutinho was arguably the best player in the Premier League this season. His beautiful, match-winning performances saw us climb to the top of the Premier League table before a cruel injury picked up versus Sunderland stopped him in his tracks. Our no.10 didn’t return until 2017 and endured a difficult January, along with the rest of his team-mates.
In February and March he’s been quiet, but does that mean we should give up on our arguably our best player?
Of course it doesn’t. Time and time again we’ve regretted offloading our most talented stars. Xabi Alonso, Pepe Reina, Javier Mascherano, Suarez – the list goes on.
If a club like Barcelona want Coutinho, is that not evidence that he’s maybe good enough for Liverpool? Give your head a wobble, Stan!