In Focus: Pulisic has potential but will find it hard to replace Coutinho

As reported by The Mirror, Liverpool are planning for life without Philippe Coutinho should he look to force a move to Barcelona.

What’s the story?

With the paper reporting that Coutinho is a big summer transfer target from the La Liga giants, the Reds have to play things safe and make sure their squad is not drastically worse than last season come the end of August.

Jurgen Klopp then is seeking replacements for the Brazilian and appears to have settled on one talented teenager. The Mirror say that should Coutinho make the switch to La Liga, they’ll be replacing him with Borussia Dortmund talent Christian Pulisic.

Rated at £15.3m by Transfermarkt, he would be a realistic and cost effective replacement for a player they could receive a monster transfer fee for.

But can Pulisic step up to the mark in terms of goal contirbution?

Can he be as good as Coutinho?

When discussing Christian Pulisic it’s important to remember that the player is still just 18 years old and is far from the finished product. In fact, he isn’t even getting a regular game for his current club Dortmund.

Last season he played 29 games in Bundesliga but only 15 of those were starts with the youngster having to spend much of the season on the bench. Overall he scored three goals and created six assists in that time, a not insignificant contribution.

Still, when compared to Coutinho, it’s a fair distance away from his level. Last season the Brazilian scored 13 goals and provided seven assists in just 31 Premier League appearances, more efficient contribution than Pulisic’s to Dortmund.

While his young age and talent makes him a viable long-term replacement for Coutinho should he leave, Pulisic will have a tough task ahead of him if he’s to emulate the Liverpool star’s talent immediately.