When Philippe Coutinho has found himself free from injury and available for selection on Merseyside this season, the technically assured South American has certainly been one of Liverpool’s most dangerous assets in 2015/16, despite the vast sums of wasted cash lashed elsewhere by the club last summer.
Via his prowess in the long-shot department and continued success inside the final third for the Reds, the 23-year-old former Inter Milan attacker is fast becoming one of the standout players across the entire Premier League, and could easily go on to achieve even more with Liverpool in the not too distant future.
Yet as Barcelona will reportedly come a-callin’ for the services of Jurgen Klopp’s star man at Anfield this summer, it remains to be seen whether or not the Reds will still be able to call Coutinho theirs next season…
So then, in light of the recent transfer speculation surrounding the widely admired Liverpool man, is Coutinho really ready for a high profile switch to the Nou Camp this summer? Or should the skilful Brazil international simply stay put with his current employers for at least the foreseeable future?
Well, as Coutinho has undoubtedly proven himself to be one of Liverpool’s standout players in the past few seasons, Barcelona’s interest in the South American attacker ultimately arrives as little surprise.
When fully fit and firing for the Reds, this is a player who can excite with his vast array of tricks and skills inside the final third, impress his respective manager with his all-round efficiency in and around the opposition’s half and can simply get the majority of all Premier League onlookers up on the edge of their seats whenever he looks to strike the ball from distance.
But does such an admittedly impressive skill-set really suggest that Coutinho is ready to try his hand for a place among the Barcelona starting XI at this particular stage in his career? Arguably not…
Barcelona already have a crazy amount of attacking options to call upon, with the famed academy down at the Nou Camp seemingly providing new, exciting talent at a frequent rate. Add to this former Atletico Madrid favourite and Turkey international, Arda Turan, failing to establish himself at the club, and perhaps Coutinho simply isn’t ready for such a major transfer.
Although the Brazilian front-man must ultimately go down as one of the Premier League’s best all-round players, Coutinho’s overall game certainly has a few distinct shortcomings it must be said…
Whilst the former Inter Milan man clearly knows how to strike the ball from distance and provide an adequate creative outlet inside the final third on most given occasions, the current Anfield favourite doesn’t always do enough without the ball at his feet. Several high profile Premier League matches have passed without Coutinho registering much of an impact after all, which simply doesn’t bode too well for any prospective move to Barcelona.
The player in question should perhaps stay put on Merseyside when all is said and done. The Liverpool fans already adore Coutinho for everything he has achieved in red thus far, the attacking midfielder is almost guaranteed to start with every passing week among his current employers and with Klopp placed firmly in control of everything that subsequently takes place down at Anfield throughout the upcoming summer transfer window, Liverpool are seemingly bound to push on within the English top-flight over the coming seasons.
Yet as the Reds simply fail to represent the once formidable outfit they once were, the Merseyside outfit ultimately won’t be able to hold onto potential world class players such as Philippe Coutinho for much longer, unless they finally begin to reassert their dominance among the Premier League and Europe.