Liverpool could replace Coutinho with AC Milan's Suso

Lynette Rowe
January 12, 2018

Despite the blow of Coutinho's departure, officials at the club are confident that they will not become a selling club unable to keep their prized assets - believing the players long-term desire to join the Catalan club a huge factor in the move.

Barca have now broken the record for most money spent in a single season, and the Daily Mail report that players will have to be sold to recoup funds. We need to defend well and attack like we know we can.

"I think he can bring us a lot of things", Valverde said at a press conference after Sunday's game, as quoted by Spanish media outlet Marca. Thankfully, this situation is very different.

From the naked eye, Coutinho will be regarded as the flawless successor to Iniesta, due to their similar style of play and Coutinho's eye for goal is arguably better than that of Iniesta's. City like to play out from the back and will always give you a chance, which is why Lallana could be a real difference-maker this weekend.

Keita coupled with the addition of Van Dijk is a far stronger Liverpool side than the one that Coutinho is leaving. He brought a presence and an authority to our team which was great to see.

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Not many teams come here and have a go, but Guardiola will make sure City do.

Liverpool are considering their transfer options following the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona and have been linked with a string of attackers.

City, however, will look to repeat their dominant 5-0 victory over Liverpool at the Etihad in September, although they will be without injured striker Gabriel Jesus, who scored a brace that day. Having five attack-minded players works for Guardiola but his team dominate possession to such an extent that you sometimes feel they could play with no defenders and still not concede, simply because the opponent often cannot get out of their own half.

They occupy the fourth and final spot with 16 matches remaining and are on a 13-match unbeaten run in the league, but there is a danger the loss of Coutinho could derail them. "They haven't lost many games but they're still human".

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