It’s been the talking point for Reds fans this weekend, as Liverpool confirmed the departure of Philippe Coutinho to join Barcelona.
As the dust settles on his sale, the focus has now switched to who we will identify as a capable replacement. Given he was such a pivotal part of our side, the expectation is that he will have to be replaced either this month or in the summer.
Reds legend Robbie Fowler has been discussing the transfer, and he has insisted that while it’s naturally a huge disappointment to see a player of Coutinho’s quality leave us, there is still optimism and precedence that we will do what is necessary to move on and be successful.
“No one is bigger than the club,” he wrote in his Mirror column. “The club will still be there the next day. The fans will still be there. But also supporters are not stupid. They can see when a player doesn’t want to stay. It doesn’t stop them supporting the club when he does eventually leave.
“I would have loved him to stay, but, if not, then you have to go out and sign the best possible replacement.”
The debate will rage on over who is the ‘best possible replacement’, with Fowler specifically mentioning Riyad Mahrez as a player that he feels is of the necessary standard to fill the void at Anfield.
It will of course be a difficult task to replace the Brazilian, but Fowler is spot on. The club remains the most important aspect in all of this, and provided that the money available is put to good use and we can bring in a talented player who can improve us, we can only hope it leads to positive results.