Liverpool have all but secured Champions League football for the first time since 2014.
In doing so, they’ve managed to avoid that final day dilemma numerous sides have faced over the past few seasons of whether it’s worth banking on freak results from elsewhere going their way or subtly attempting to tumble below the Europa League positions.
The Reds steamrolled West Ham but in truth, the straightforward result masked just how difficult they’ve tried to make it for themselves in recent fixtures.
That won’t matter now – pending a disastrous but not-unlikely bottle job against Middlesbrough – as Philippe Coutinho was on hand to fire his side back amongst Europe’s elite. However, was there another motive for the Brazilian magician on Sunday?
Some sections of the press believe he could be about to become the subject of a bid from Barcelona. On a good day, Coutinho is more than good enough for the Catalan giants but injury and inconsistency hints that such a move could be at least one season too early.
Liverpool fans will be sweating either way – if he lights up the Champions League next season then it will be hard to keep him but if he fails to turn up for his audition, Liverpool will be counting the cost on the pitch…