Brendan Rodgers has worked wonders to get Liverpool back on track. From looking like they were completely down and out, the Reds have brought in Daniel Sturridge and now look like they’re capable of beating anybody on their day.
Whilst they started the season struggling against smaller teams, they’re now winning games 5-0 and don’t look like slowing down.
So credit where it’s due for Brendan Rodgers, but if he wants to keep this up, he may well have further work to do in the January transfer market.
Liverpool have been linked to a number of players over the last month or so, but the most exciting of them all is Philippe Coutinho.
The exciting young Brazilian midfielder is already thought to have been the subject of a £5m Liverpool bid that was rejected by his current club, Inter Milan. But now, according to the Liverpool Echo, the Reds are ready to increase their offer and attempt to push a deal through.
Inter Milan aren’t exactly in the best state financially (they recently sold Wesley Sneijder because they couldn’t afford to keep paying his wages) and may well be willing to sell Coutinho should the right offer come through.
Despite the young Brazilian being highly rated (and once tipped to be the future of Inter’s midfield) he’s by no means a regular starter at Inter Milan. As such, the player in question may be willing to move on to try and find regular game time at a top club like Liverpool.
At this point it’s unclear what it would take to persuade Inter to sell. But, I do hope that Liverpool keep up the fight. At just 20-years-old, Coutinho already has a wealth of talent at his disposal. He’s pacey, has excellent technical ability, can pick out a neat pass and has the confidence to take on other players.
Best of all, he’s versatile – he can play anywhere across the midfield, or even as a Luis Suarez style, secondary striker. This quality is sure to earn him plenty of game time at Anfield. Liverpool could certainly use more squad players of his quality.
The best news? The Echo claim that a deal for Coutinho would not prevent a deal for Tom Ince, who we’ve heard plenty about this January. Brendan Rogders really seems to have this transfer schtick down.
What’s your take? Would Tom Ince and Philippe Coutinho be good additions for Liverpool?
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