In Focus: Liverpool could find it hard to sign Insigne if Coutinho does leave

According to reports in The Sunday Mirror, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants to sign £60m-rated Napoli playmaker Lorenzo Insigne if Philippe Coutinho does join Barcelona before the transfer window slams shut at the end of the month.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Coutinho showed his desire to leave the Reds by handing in a transfer request on Friday and even though the Merseyside outfit had earlier released a statement saying he wouldn’t be sold, it remains to be seen whether that situation could change with The Sunday Mirror saying that the Brazilian expects to get his move away.

The Sunday Mirror says that if Liverpool could bank around £100m for the Barcelona target, that they would be able to make a move for Insigne, who Klopp is a long-term admirer of.

The report adds that the Serie A giants have insisted that the 26-year-old is not for sale ahead of their Champions League campaign and bid to win the Italian top flight title.

How did Insigne do last season?

The Italy international was one of Napoli’s stand-out performers as they could only secure a third-place finish in Serie A behind Juventus and Roma despite picking up an impressive 86 points throughout the campaign.

The 26-year-old, who usually plays on the left wing but can also play as a central attacking midfielder, managed to score an incredible 20 goals and produce a further 12 assists in 49 appearances in all competitions last season, with 18 of those coming in 37 Serie A outings.

Would he be a good Coutinho replacement?

He certainly would be.

Coutinho has shown over the years at Liverpool that he loves to dribble, create chances for his teammates and score spectacular goals and Insigne is very similar in that respect.

Standing at just 5’4″ tall, the Italy international created 66 chances in 37 Serie A appearances for Napoli last term while he showed his ability to run at and beat defenders by successfully completing 59 take-ons.

Would Liverpool get him for £60m?

It’s difficult to say.

Napoli certainly won’t want to lose one of their key players ahead of another Champions League campaign but they could find an offer like that hard to turn down.

One concern  if he did move to Anfield would be his height though, with the Premier League being a notoriously physical league, although that hasn’t affected the likes of Coutinho, Eden Hazard and Sergio Aguero in recent years.