” Barcelona, if reports are to be believed, haven’t surrendered their hope of signing Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool. Rumour has it the Spanish giants – who had three offers for the playmaker rejected in the summer – will return with a bid in the January transfer window, which would leave manager Jurgen Klopp with a gaping hole in his team to fill mid-season.
The Brazilian won’t be easy to replace, but talkSPORT.com has taken a look at eight quality players who could fill his boots – scroll through the gallery above to see who features. 8 Joaquin Correa (Sevilla) – click the arrow above, right, for more potential Philippe Coutinho replacements at Liverpool – Correa was a standout player at Anfield in September, as his goal snatched a point for Sevilla in the Champions League group stage contest.
Some fans on social media were already pleading with the Reds to make a move for his signature, and the 23-year-old could be the ideal man to come in. There could be a few clubs monitoring his performances this season. 8 Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig) – With Naby Keita on his way to Merseyside next summer, Leipzig might be reluctant to sell another player to the Reds ? but Forsberg is worth a try.
He?s the German side?s architect in midfield and has shone since being given the freedom to influence proceedings in the final third.1xbet world He could be the perfect signing for Jurgen Klopp. 8 Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) – Mahrez wanted out of Leicester in the summer, but was forced to remain at the King Power with no club willing to match his valuation of ?50million.
Rather than sulk about his situation, he?s got to work with the Foxes and could get his move in January, if he maintains his form. He?s certainly capable of matching Coutinho for influence on the pitch. 8 Leon Goretzka (Schalke) – Goretzka is a player in-demand, with his stock having rapidly risen over the past season.
The 22-year-old, despite playing more of a deeper role in the centre of the park, has found his feet in front of goal and will only get better. With Coutinho having played in Klopp?s midfield three this season, Goretzka might be the most desirable option of the lot. 8 Thomas Lemar (Monaco) – Arsenal submitted a club-record ?92m to sign Lemar on deadline day in the summer, but Monaco managed to keep hold of the versatile attacking midfielder.
The 21-year-old remains highly sought-after in Europe and is certain to be the subject of bids in January. As the Gunners? offer shows though, Liverpool would have to spend big to land him. 8 Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) – Like Coutinho, Insigne was linked with an exit in the summer transfer window, but there?s been no disruption to his form. The Italy international seems to have used the interest as fuel.
In seven league appearances, he?s contributed two goals and four assists to Napoli?s season, so his reputation continues to rise. 8 Charly Musonda (Chelsea) – Liverpool completed a deal for Dominic Solanke in the summer and it wouldn?t be a surprise if they?re looking at other academy prospects from Chelsea.
Musonda has hit the headlines recently for speaking out against his lack of opportunities in the first team at Stamford Bridge, and could therefore be open to moves away from the club. He?s still got a long way to go, but Klopp might be keen to bring him in under his wing. 8 Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain) – Draxler hasn?t quite settled at the Parc des Princes and there is uncertainty over his long-term future at the club.
With PSG?s attacking options among the best in Europe, they could be prepared to sell. The Germany international would be offered no guarantees at Anfield, however. ” ” 1 Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly wants a wage hike to match Lionel Messi and Neymar Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is open to talks with Cristiano Ronaldo about a new and improved contract – but only after Christmas.
Ronaldo recently won his fifth Ballon d’Or award, but reports in Spain suggest he is unhappy at falling behind Lionel Messi and Neymar in the list of the world’s highest-paid players. Messi signed a new long-term contract with Barcelona last month, while Neymar made a world-record ?200m summer move from Barca to Paris St Germain.
That was a secondary issue for Zidane as he addressed reporters in Spain ahead of Saturday’s Clasico against Barca. “He is 100 per cent [fit] and that is what interests me,” said Zidane, in comments reported by Marca. “I’m not going to go into everything before the game tomorrow, that is not the issue. What Cristiano has to think about is the match. It’s the same for everyone. “What I think is that Cristiano, what he has done and what he is doing, deserves all of the club’s respect, but only after the winter break will we talk about it.” Ronaldo was reported during the summer to be eyeing a return to England after an investigation in Spain into his tax returns. “