Philippe Coutinho won the Champions League with Bayern Munich this weekend. What do you think about it? Should it even be a talking point for Reds fans?
Coutinho winning the Champions League shouldn’t really be a huge factor for Liverpool fans because of the way he won them.
If he had still been in Barcelona it would have fulfilled his initial desires and justified his £ 142million move from the Reds in January 2018. As not in Barcelona, some Liverpool fans may not have forgiven him that will find that easier to take.
It didn’t work out for him in Barcelona, but to see him happy and successful at Bayern is something that fans like me will see as a good thing.
As for the question, it shouldn’t really be a talking point, but fans definitely have the right to say how they feel about him winning them with another club.
You probably noticed that Thiago played too … the ECHO understands that he is not currently an active target, but should he be?
Thiago Alcantara is a phenomenal central midfielder and has definitely supported that statement with his performances in the Champions League since the restart. Personally, I believe Klopp will jump at any other time on this broadcast than now.
Liverpool have at least seven players who can play their position (Henderson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones and Grujic).
The only way I could see this transfer is a combination of Wijnaldum and Grujic leaving, with the latter already looking like it’s gone as long as someone meets their rating. Wijnaldum has a year left from his contract and is currently not looking to sign a new one. This is also a factor.
After all, there is no way Klopp and Edwards would pay £ 27m for someone with a year left from their contract. Unless Bayern significantly lower their valuation by around £ 7 million to £ 10 million, that is impossible in the summer.
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Personally, I think Klopp would like to wait six months and sign him as a free agent or free agent at the end of the season to replace the potentially outgoing Wijnaldum.
Liverpool will play Arsenal in the Community Shield on Saturday when the new season begins. How important is the game?
Everyone wants to have a great start, and there’s no better way than getting your first available cutlery under your belt.
Last season it was believed that the Community Shield game would set the pace for the season, but Liverpool were one step ahead of City from the moment they won 3-1 at Anfield on Matchday 11.
While getting off to a good start is important, losing to Arsenal wouldn’t be the end of the world.
Liverpool are seen as the superior team in this game so losing would come as a shock to many and that’s never good for morale. Liverpool will be fine regardless of the result.
Rhian Brewster has impressed in practice and friendly matches. Should he stay at Anfield next season or be on loan again?
Rhian Brewster is someone I feel a little sorry for as his progression was delayed by 18 months due to injury damage in 2018 following his exploits at the U17 World Cup last year.
He made a massive impression at Swansea and did so for Liverpool in the first few weeks of the preseason.
Some fans would argue that he’s already ahead of Origi in the pecking order, but the Premier League experience is not to be underestimated and Brewster doesn’t currently have one.
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While I wouldn’t be against him staying at Liverpool, he would have to be the bench’s first attack choice to move forward and gain the experience he needs to reach his potential. At the moment I don’t see him in Klopp’s eyes in front of Origi, Minamino and even Shaqiri.
Another year with Steve Cooper in Swansea would definitely benefit him but by the age of 20 he needs some Premier League time so a loan spell is required where he starts week after week. Whether or not a Premier League club could offer him that is a different matter.
Takumi Minamino is another one who looked sharp. How much do you expect from him this season?
Takumi Minamino hit a bargain of £ 7.25m after impressing for RB Salzburg in both Liverpool games ahead of the turn of the year. Minamino also had a good season for RB Salzburg, scoring 10 goals and assisting in 14 appearances in the Austrian Bundesliga.
There was definitely Minamino brilliance and skill for Liverpool in the second half of the season, but that never resulted in goals and assists.
We all know that under Klopp players need time to settle in and adapt, no more obviously than Andy Robertson (17/18) and Fabinho (18/19). Both didn’t really play for six months, but have been two of Klopp’s key players since their first-team breakthrough.
Hopefully Minamino needed this deal on time and will be ready to deliver when Klopp calls him.
Divock Origi has not yet been seen in the preseason as it is still linked to a change. Is it time to break up?
The Divock Origi enigma brought Liverpool fans two of the most memorable moments of our lives with his brace against Barcelona and his Champions League winner, both of which he celebrated like playing 5 on 1 with his friends.
Despite having had some great first pick moments from the bench, he doesn’t seem to be delivering enough for Liverpool fans.
We just have to look at Manchester City to see how many attack options there are and how between Aguero, Sterling, Mahrez, Bernardo, Foden and Jesus. The standard isn’t really falling.
However, the decline from Salah, Mane and Firmino to Origi is considerable. While I am aware that Liverpool are not a team that can throw £ 50m on a substitute striker, Timo Werner being one example, there needs to be less waste.
Origi is important to Klopp as he can play different attacking positions, but selling it with someone like Shaqiri or Harry Wilson can free up the funds and wages for a more powerful attack option that fills the void closer to the top three.
If he left it would be sad about the great moments he delivered, but he would remain a cult hero and possibly pave the way for another attacker to take his place.
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Finally, I have an idea for an article on how FIFA ruined a generation by making them think that once a player hits 29, when in reality, this is a player’s climax.
I just saw a couple of younger fans saying Liverpool have an old squad because Salah, Mané Firmino, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Van Dijk and Alisson are over 28 years old. This squad is at its peak and will be for at least the next two or three years.