Jurgen Klopp is considering signing a PL star if Philippe Coutinho leaves Liverpool

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Just like in the summer transfer window, the name Philippe Coutinho is dominating the narrative of the footballing world.

Just like at the beginning of the 2017/18 season, the Liverpool playmaker is being heavily linked with a sensational move to Barcelona.

The Brazilian will reportedly cost the Blaugrana over £130m - a similar fee to what they paid for Ousmane Dembele - and it now only seems a formality that the move will happen.

With the enormous cash injection Liverpool will receive, Jurgen Klopp will be able to target a number of high-profile stars to replace the outgoing 25-year-old.

And, according to Spanish publication Sport, the German boss has already identified a player from the Premier League he is considering to fill Coutinho's boots.

West Ham's Manuel Lanzini is the man in question and the Argentine would have a huge task on his hands to replace a player of genuine world-class quality.


The former River Plate midfielder is undoubtedly a good player, but his record of one goal and seven assists in 15 games so far this season pales in comparison to Coutinho's ridiculous output.

The 25-year-old has 12 goals and seven assists in 20 competitive appearances this season, a record which is up there with the likes of Mohamed Salah and Raheem Sterling.

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Unfortunately, Lanzini is highly unlikely to reach that standard straight away and Liverpool will be hoping they can at least hold on to Coutinho until the end of the season in order to scout a more suitable heir to his throne.


Speaking on Sky Sports' Sunday Supplement, Telegraph journalist Jason Burt believes Monaco's Lemar is still an option for the Reds.

Talking about the £75m paid for Virgil van Dijk, he said: "My reaction when the deal went through was: ‘That is about £15m more than I expected him to go for.


"But then my reaction after that was: ‘Yes, he is the one that they need and maybe they could now finish second with him going in there now.' Now if he does that, then it is worth it.

"You have Naby Keita coming next year, you possibly have Thomas Lemar coming next year and they are moving in that direction now."

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