3 Reasons Why Philippe Coutinho Should Remain A Liverpool Player

In the summer Liverpool’s maestro Philippe Coutinho was heavily linked with a £113m move to Spanish giants Barcelona and although an agreement was not reached between the two clubs, that did not stop the on-going saga from continuing beyond the transfer window with reports now suggesting big spenders Paris Saint Germain are also interested in getting the Brazilian’s signature. However, Liverpool fought tooth and nail to keep hold of their most prized asset and this intention will remain the same for as long as possible. Although a big money move to another huge European club can be mouth-watering for any player, here are three reasons as to why Coutinho should stay at the Merseyside club:

He will remain the main man

After Liverpool rejected a total of three bids for their number 10, it clearly represented how much they value their attacking midfielder, which showed how much he is idolised by the club and with this comes the sense he is Liverpool’s main star; an attribute that can mean more to players than most people may think. If he were to choose a move to PSG or Barcelona, he is inevitably going to be overshadowed by the likes of Neymar and Lionel Messi and for some top players, playing second fiddle is not something they want to be doing (just ask Edinson Cavani!). if he were to remain a Red, that sense of being the go-to guy will never fade away.

The Premier League

The hectic and wild English Premier League- there is simply nothing quite like it. No match-day is ever easy, whether that be a trip to Stamford Bridge or the Falmer Stadium, a Premier League fixture will never be a simple process. For agile players such as Coutinho the English league is something that creative midfielders thrive on, allowing players such as himself to evolve each week through intense and frequent competition. If he were to switch to Ligue 1 for instance, he may find the constant competition which develops his game, hard to come by as some matches can be more straightforward. Although he could potentially go on to play alongside the world’s top talents, the contest that is the Premier League will not be matched by any other division in Europe.

Jurgen Klopp

Although he has been under recent criticism as results have not be going his way, one thing that has remained the same, is Jurgen Klopp’s fantastic relationship with his players. Although he has a dynamic playing style consisting of high, intense pressure and fast-paced breaks from defensive areas, the way Klopp motivates and keep players on board are the attributes that makes him most attractive to play under from a player perspective. If Coutinho were to peruse a move away from Liverpool, he would also be leaving behind one of Europe’s finest managers which is an experience some players can only dream of, and no matter where he ends up, he will never quite find a manager as diverse and as connected to his players as Jurgen Klopp.

What do we know about Manchester City and Liverpool target Faouzi Ghoulam?

Looking ahead to the upcoming January transfer window, managers will be keen to strengthen their squads where necessary.  One player who has been interesting a number of Premier League clubs is Napoli and Algeria left-back Faouzi Ghoulam.  But what do we know about him?

Ghoulam is a 26-year-old, French born – Algerian international who started his career at French side Saint Étienne and moved to Napoli in January 2014 and since then he has fast become Napoli’s number one in this position.  Ghoulam has 2 goals and 3 assists to his name already this season in the Italian Serie A.  He has good pace, is powerful, loves to get forward and is strong all-round defensively.

The Algerian has attracted a lot of interest over the past few years, with Manchester City and Liverpool being two of the big names linked with the Napoli man by The Express.

The move would appear to be a good one for both of these clubs, particularly for Manchester City, having recently lost £50 million left back Benjamin Mendy to potentially a season-ending knee injury.  Liverpool would also fancy a move for Ghoulam, as they have struggled to find a consistent left back to fit into their team for these past few years, with James Milner or young Andy Robertson recently filling in for the unreliable Alberto Moreno.

Ghoulam is out of contract at the end of the season and talks over a new contract with Napoli have recently broken down, which means he could potentially be available at a cut-price fee in the January window if Napoli do not want to risk losing their number one left-back on a free transfer next summer.

With his contract running down and a potential deal looking close, we could see Ghoulam playing in the Premier League very soon.

Could these 3 Football League players make it to the Premier League?

Over the years we have seen some incredible talents rise from the Football League and not only make a name in the Premier League but also the international stage as well. The likes of Fabian Delph, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Jamie Vardy who have all risen from League’s One and Two and even as low as non-league in Jamie Vardy’s case, have gone on to make a stamp on the Premier League and England also. So, what players are there currently in the Football League, all capable of doing the same? 

Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)

The England Under-19 international is the first one that jumps off the table for me. The 17 year-old left-back/winger is seriously establishing himself as bright prospect in the Championship. Making his debut at just 16 years and 81 days old, Sessegnon had a highly impressive campaign last year making 25 appearances and contributing with 5 goals also. He was subject to much interest from the Premier League in the summer transfer window and it seems like it will be only a matter of time until he is snapped up.

 

Ruben Neves (Wolves)

It was some statement from Wolves when it was announced they had signed FC Porto’s Ruben Neves for £15 million. This time last year the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool were all in for the 20 year-old but when Chinese owners took reign at Wolves with the investment from Jorge Mendes, it was the types of deals Wolves fans had to get used to. There is no doubting the Portuguese midfielder can and most probably will make it to the Premier League in the near future whether that is with Wolves or not. He possesses incredible passing abilities with an eye for goal as well.

Ezri Konsa (Charlton)

Read Liverpool have reported that the Reds could be in for another swoop at Charlton’s youth prospects, this time in the form of Ezri Konsa. The 19 year-old centre-back was part of the England Under-20 side that won the World Cup in the summer and looks to be a real talent. Konsa was a standout performer at The Valley making 32 appearances in his debut season. As well as Liverpool, it’s reported that a host of Premier League clubs are all after his signature.

The Football League is swimming with young talent these days and there are many more that I could mention, I’m sure. There are many players it seems at Wolves that look to have bright futures and all make it in the Premier League as well as the likes of Ronaldo Vieira at Leeds United. Which players in the Football League do you think could make it to the big time? Let us know!

Where will this French international be playing come January?

According to The Sun newspaper both Barcelona and Arsenal are linked with a January move for Manchester United star Anthony Martial. The French international who has been in fine form for the Red Devils so far this season scoring five goals and creating six assists has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford due to the lack of starting appearances.

With the world cup less than twelve months away it is understandable that Martial will want to be starting regularly for Manchester United to give himself every opportunity to be on the plane to Russia next summer.

The fine form he has shown at the start of this season for the Red Devils has left manager Jose Mourinho with a selection headache for the right reasons, as he has Romelu Lukaku in fine scoring form and also Marcus Rashford who he has been alternating Martial with on the left wing.

Despite Martial been linked with two high profile clubs, in my opinion, he should stay at Manchester United and continue to prove his class and force manager Jose Mourinho’s hand to play him more regularly and also he has built up a terrific reputation with the supporters and is a crowd favorite.

With Spanish giants, Barcelona and Arsenal both been linked with the Frenchman will his head be turned in January and will he make the move away from Old Trafford? 

 

Who should be England’s World Cup Captain?

England’s star man Harry Kane has worn the armband for this international break and has done a good job, scoring both goals in the Three Lions’ two 1-0 wins. However, should the Tottenham frontman be captaining his country for the 2018 World Cup?

England have notably a very young squad with talents such as Marcus Rashford, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling. Looking at the past few England captains, they have all had experience: Rooney, Gerrard, Terry, Ferdinand, etc. However, England have also notably not done very well at tournaments, so is it always right for the captain to be the traditional leader, hard as nails, shouting player? Maybe not. Perhaps it is time to give somebody young the armband. Somebody who is actually putting in good performances for their country as well as their club, like Harry Kane or even Rashford, who recently for England and Manchester United has been unstoppable, albeit against teams who may not be qualifying for the World Cup.

Kane has captained England three times, these two recent matches and against Scotland in June. In all of those three matches, the Spurs striker has scored and England are undefeated. He is also putting in performances for the Three Lions and showing the passion and dedication required of an England captain, so why shouldn’t it be Kane?

Maybe this is the tournament where England move away from the traditional captain figure, such as Terry or Ferdinand and look up top, and who knows, maybe this tournament could be different for England over this decision.

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