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Liverpool have the firepower to cope without Coutinho
09 January 2018, 14:57
Liverpool have the firepower to cope without Coutinho
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On Monday, Barcelona completed a deal to sign Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool for a fee that could eventually rise to £146million.

The Catalan giants had previously failed in a bid to sign the Brazilian in the summer transfer window. However, the league leaders improved bid and Coutinho’s desperation to join Barcelona meant the deal finally happened.

Coutinho is a fine player and his stats of seven goals and seven assists this season in the Premier League are impressive. However, Liverpool are far from reliant on the 25-year-old when it comes to an attacking threat.

The Reds have been a force to be reckoned with in attack this season. The Merseysiders remaining attacking players have been a major part of that.

In fact, Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah has been one of the Premier League’s star players since his summer arrival from Roma. The winger has scored 17 top-flight goals, while also producing seven assists.

Coutinho’s compatriot Roberto Firmino has also been in-form this season, scoring nine Premier League goals and producing five assists. Winger Sadio Mane’s campaign has been stop-start due to injury and suspension. However, the former Southampton star has still scored five league goals and produced four assists.

In short, Liverpool have a number of dangerous attacking players. Of course, they will miss Coutinho’s skill and vision. However, everybody connected with the club will be confident that their team still has enough to maintain their top-four position in the Premier League table this season.

However, Coutinho’s loss may be felt more in the latter stages of the Champions League, as the games get tougher.

Overall, though, the deal was too good to turn down for Liverpool. The Merseysiders have made a major profit on a player they signed for just £8million while being able to reinvest the funds in the summer on new players.

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OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Manchester City 100 38 32 4 2 106 27 79
2. Manchester United 81 38 25 6 7 68 28 40
3. Tottenham 77 38 23 8 7 74 36 38
4. Liverpool FC 75 38 21 12 5 84 38 46
5. Chelsea FC 70 38 21 7 10 62 38 24
6. Arsenal 63 38 19 6 13 74 51 23
7. Burnley FC 54 38 14 12 12 36 39 -3
8. Everton FC 49 38 13 10 15 44 58 -14
9. Leicester City 47 38 12 11 15 56 60 -4
10. Newcastle Utd 44 38 12 8 18 39 47 -8
11. Crystal Palace 44 38 11 11 16 45 55 -10
12. Bournemouth 44 38 11 11 16 45 61 -16
13. West Ham 42 38 10 12 16 48 68 -20
14. Watford FC 41 38 11 8 19 44 64 -20
15. Brighton 40 38 9 13 16 34 54 -20
16. Huddersfield 37 38 9 10 19 28 58 -30
17. Southampton 36 38 7 15 16 37 56 -19
18. Swansea City 33 38 8 9 21 28 56 -28
19. Stoke City 33 38 7 12 19 35 68 -33
20. West Bromwich 31 38 6 13 19 31 56 -25

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