Jurgen Klopp squanders an opportunity to fix Liverpool’s problems following Philippe Coutinho’s departure.
Philippe Coutinho has joined Aston Villa on loan from Barcelona.
Philippe Coutinho’s return to Aston Villa marks the return of one of the Premier League’s most exciting players in recent years.
But it’s also a missed opportunity for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to resolve a major problem that he’ll be dealing with for the rest of the month.
Coutinho has joined Villa Park on a season-long loan from Barcelona, subject to a medical and work permit.
The Brazilian will reunite with Steven Gerrard, with whom he won the Premier League with Liverpool in 2013-14.
Coutinho was sold to Barcelona for an initial £105 million fee that could rise to £142 million after four more years of impressing for the Reds.
His move to the Nou Camp, on the other hand, has been a complete disaster, with the La Liga giants attempting to offload him for some time.
Despite the fact that they were only able to loan him out, Villa’s move is still impressive, as Coutinho adds significantly to their attacking options.
That is something Liverpool has missed out on by not pursuing him.
Klopp is in desperate need of forward options as he tries to salvage Liverpool’s Premier League title challenge.
They’re 11 points behind Manchester City and will be without three key players for the rest of the month.
Mohamed Salah, Naby Keita, and Sadio Mane are all competing in the Africa Cup of Nations, which runs from February 6 to March 6.
Klopp will be left with Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, and Divock Origi as realistic first-choice options up front in their absence.
With the Reds facing Brentford and Crystal Palace while they are away, that drop in performance could be a major setback for Liverpool’s title hopes.
In addition, they will miss cup matches against Shrewsbury Town and Arsenal, trophies that Liverpool could pursue in the absence of the Premier League title.
Their squad will be stretched thin without Salah, Mane, and Keita for a month, and the heavy workload of tournament football will likely leave the trio in need of a rest when they return.
Klopp has previously stated that he will “find solutions” to their absence.
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