Why Liverpool should cash in on their Brazilian #10 sooner rather than later.
Since his arrival in January 2013, Coutinho has often been at the center of everything great about Liverpool on the attack. On his day, he is up there with some of the very best in the league. After handing in a transfer request on Friday, rumors in the last few days are that he will refuse to play for Liverpool again-- and even though it will be heartbreaking for Liverpool fans to see another of their world class players snatched up by Barcelona, they should cash in now.
The sad truth is that as much as Klopp won't want to admit it, Liverpool, along with pretty much every team in the world except for the big 3 (Barca, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich), are a selling club. United lost Ronaldo, Tottenham lost Bale, Arsenal lost Henry, Dortmund lost Lewandowski. Liverpool fans should take comfort in the fact that in Mane, Firmino, and Salah, they have a front 3 that would cause most teams in the world problems with its combination of pace and guile, and use the money to strengthen other much more problematic areas of the squad.
Whether or not Coutinho goes this summer or next, he will go at some point and even though it would make more sense for them to invest in improving a shaky backline and goalkeeper, fans will undoubtedly be demanding a new talisman be brought in. But, who? Who can fill the boots of the majestic little Brazilian and keep Anfield sparkling with a little touch of magic?
Look no further than the American Christian Pulisic at Borussia Dortmund. He is amazingly still only 18, and is without a doubt one of the best young players in Europe. Capable of playing anywhere across the front three, but at his best at #10, Pulisic would be an absolute steal for Liverpool, and not only on the pitch. Recruiting America's most prodigious talent in a generation would be smart business for Liverpool's American owners at FSG. US Soccer fans are following the career trajectory of Pulisic closely, and his signing could be the catalyst for thousands of newly converted American soccer fans who are searching for an English team to follow to pick Liverpool as their team of choice. Klopp is a keen admirer of the young American, so it would be no surprise to see giddy U.S. based Liverpool fans with Pulisic #10 shirts roaming the streets in the coming years. An American boy becoming the face of a club with American owners-- seems like it should be a no brainer.