In Focus: Lemar can help Liverpool fans forget about Coutinho

As reported by The Mirror, Liverpool are ready to make a move for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar this January.

What’s the story?

After classy Brazilian Philippe Coutinho finally made his move to Barcelona this weekend, Liverpool need to ensure they invest the cash received for the player wisely either this month or in the summer.

With important ambitions in the second half of the season, supporters would love to see a replacement for Coutinho arrive in January and it appears the club are thinking along the same lines.

The Mirror report that the Reds are set to test Monaco with a January bid for midfielder Thomas Lemar.

The French international, who The Mirror report almost moved to Arsenal for £90m in the summer, is said to be Jurgen Klopp’s number one target to replace Coutinho, even if the Ligue 1 outfit aren’t keen on selling him this month.

Big boots to fill

The loss of Philippe Coutinho is a bitter blow to Liverpool’s ambitions this season given the form he has shown over the last couple of months.

The Brazilian scored 12 and assisted nine more in just 21 appearances for the Reds before making the switch to La Liga, leaving any prospective replacement with big boots to fill.

Thomas Lemar is certainly a contender to do that, despite not hitting the heights of last season in 2017/18. So far this term he’s scored twice and assisted four more in in 18 appearances, well below his contributions of last term.

However, he was part of a golden generation of Monaco players in 2016/17 and surrounded by elite players again at Liverpool could produce the kind of form that helped Monaco to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

His 14 goals and 16 assists in all competitions last season demonstrate a player that can find the consistency required to be a hit at Anfield and help supporters forget all about Coutinho.