Philippe Coutinho reportedly has a 128 million pounds transfer and contract agreed with Barcelona that he could sign with the Catalan club as soon as January.
Philippe Coutinho would do himself well to stay away from Barcelona this January. Liverpool are a good club and heading in the right direction at the moment. There’s no legitimate reason why Coutinho would be better served to leave in January than during the summer.
I’m not saying that Coutinho needs to finish his career at Liverpool but leaving in January would be a bad move for him, Liverpool and Barcelona all at once. For all the parties involved here are five reasons why Coutinho should stay put and finish the season at Liverpool rather than move in January.
Now the cynics who read this will think I’ve gone mad. Football is about the money, they’ll say. Loyalty has no place in football anymore. That’s not true. It may be true for the fools and the money mongers but for the romantics and the true football supporters and players then that isn’t true.
Coutinho was not the player he is now when he arrived at Liverpool. He was an oft-injured, non-consistent, and skinny boy. A lot of that has changed and the player Barcelona are so fond of is one that Liverpool built. Coutinho should recognize that and pay that back with a good performance for the rest of the season.
2. Champions League
Coutinho is cup-tied in the Champions League. He won’t be allowed to play in the Champions League which is theoretically one of the reasons why he wants to be in Barcelona in the first place.
Barcelona are a team in flux at the moment and it doesn’t appear to be the most settled time in the world to join them. They have a variety of injuries and the club is going through change. It is unknown if Valverde will be staying at the end of the season or the actual direction the club will be moving in when Iniesta likely retires. Coutinho may as well observe from afar.