Jurgen Klopp will be able to spend all of the proceeds from the sale of Philippe Coutinho, according to a report on Sunday.
Writing in the Sunday Mirror, Steve Bates says that Klopp has been told by Liverpool that, if the club sell Coutinho for £130m, he can use all of that money to invest in his squad. Buy a new defence, basically.
Liverpool are prepared for Barcelona to return with another bid for Coutinho after missing out on him in the summer. Having rejected those bids in the knowledge that Coutinho wanted to move, would it not be worth Liverpool considering the sale?
It would allow them to buy Virgil van Dijk and still leave them £70m to spend on another central defender, right-back, left-back or goalkeeper.
Coutinho would clearly be missed, but Liverpool have options in midfield and attack: Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Jordan Henderson, Daniel Sturridge, Sadio Mané, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Emre Can, Danny Ings, Dominic Solanke, Ben Woodburn, Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner.
What’s the point in being top-heavy if the defence is shambolic, basically?
Moreover, Bates believes that Liverpool are coming round to that way of thinking, with Klopp believing there is little point holding on to a player who ultimately wants to leave when the potential fee is so high.