No bad intentions from Coutinho

Though it’s been clear since the summer that Liverpool didn’t want to let go of their prized asset, Philippe Coutinho, the will of the player, as has so often  been seen before, has got the deal to Barcelona over the line.

Much of the talk on social media has surrounded how Liverpool had somehow ‘caved in,’ but taking all of the emotion out of the deal, it’s actually pretty good business for the Reds too.

The bottom line is that Coutinho had expressed a clear desire to move to the Blaugrana last summer. To Liverpool’s immense credit, they managed to see out the transfer window keeping hold of the midfielder.

But they will have known it was only temporary relief. That he’s even willing to pay part of the fee himself, shows that this move isn’t just about money for Coutinho, he genuinely wants to improve himself elsewhere.

That shouldn’t be held against him.

Manager-player Empathy Played A Part

Fenway Sports Group left the final decision in Jurgen Klopp’s court. Having been a player himself, and, it seems, a manager who is tuned into the needs of his staff, he could never stand in Coutinho’s way.

Under the circumstances, i.e. that the player would almost certainly have left at some point, Liverpool have done the absolute best they could and sold the Brazilian for a British transfer record.

It’s hard to argue too that Coutinho has been disloyal to the club, either recently or generally. One of the most coveted players in the Premier League, he has always given of his best, and recent soundbites attributed to him show the affection he will always have for the Anfield outfit.

Barca Will Have A Deadly Front Four

Coutinho will be missed on Merseyside of course, but the size of his fee means that Klopp can go out and either hopefully tempt Naby Keita to move six months earlier than planned, or make a real assault on the transfer market to push Liverpool on for the second half of the campaign.

Riyad Mahrez is one such name being mentioned in dispatches, and with approximately €100m still left over should that potential deal happen, it’s time to look at which new players can be added to the Klopp revolution, rather than venting one’s ire.

Coutinho won’t be available for the Champions League but can supplement Barca’s league squad, meaning that Ernesto Valverde could rest Andres Iniesta for the European tournament should be so wish.

Messi-Suarez-Dembele-Coutinho is a front four to die for, and with Real Madrid looking a shadow of the team of last season, Barcelona look all set to dominate again for the foreseeable future.

Add Antoine Griezmann in the summer and 2018/19 could be very special indeed for the Catalans.

Once the dust settles, the positives for everyone involved in the deal far outweigh the negatives.

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