Collymore: Liverpool attacker not kicked on and should be sold this summer (not Sturridge)
By Matt Farr
Stan Collymore believes Liverpool should cash-in on Philippe Coutinho this summer if the price is right.
The 24-year-old has been a long-term reported target for Barcelona, and it is claimed that the Spanish giants are set to make a move for him in the summer.
Liverpool are determined to retain the services of one of their most prized assets, but Collymore believes Coutinho is expendable at the right price.
In his column for Boyle Sports he wrote: “Coutinho is a great six games a season player, when we all salute his little genius, goals and creativity and I know he’s been injured but I’m just not sure Liverpool will ever be able to hang their hat on him to guarantee big performances week in, week out.
“The fact Lallana and Mane have kicked on under Klopp so much more than the little Brazilian tells my intuition that if one of the Iberian giants were to tickle the Reds fancy, even having signed a bumper contract, I personally would sell him if the price were right.
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“I would get a more dominating physical presence like Mane in that attacking three. Controversial I know but Phil just isn’t that consistent.”
The Brazilian made a blistering start to the 2016-17 season, scoring twice in the opening day victory over Premier League rivals Arsenal.
He then added four more goals and six assists before being struck down by an ankle injury in December.
But Coutinho has yet to hit his stride since returning from his lengthy injury lay-off, and has registered just one goal and one assist since making his comeback in mid-January.
He is still rated very highly in the eyes of Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp, but his inconsistent performances should be cause for concern.
Coutinho still stands head and shoulders above many of his Liverpool team mates in terms of quality, but if Liverpool were to bring in another top quality attacking player in his position, he may no longer be considered such an undroppable asset.
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