Phillipe Coutinho is not having the time of his life at Barcelona that he expected. Expected to leave the Catalan club this summer, he is not making a return to Anfield.
Goals from the midfield have been hard to come by though. The front three of Mane, Salah and Firmino is scoring goals to keep us in the league title fight but a midfield goalscorer has sorely been missing since the Brazilian left.
To remedy this situation Liverpool might turn to Portugal’s FC Porto where two players are out of contract pretty soon. The first being Yacine Brahimi and the other is Hector Herrera.
While the French-Algerian Brahimi is a known quantity at 29 years of age, he can play on left. Mexico born Herrera came from his homeland and has since become the captain at Porto. Herrera plays in the central midfield.
Both the midfielders are without a contract and would offer a variation to what Jurgen Klopp has available in the form of Keita, Fabinho, Henderson, Milner and Wijnaldum. All of them being defensively oriented puts a lot of burden on the forwards. Brahimi could perhaps remedy this and give new options. At 30 years of age, is this a good deal, even on a free?