What Joey Barton Said About The Sale Of Coutinho Looks Pretty Good Right Now
Joey Barton's prediction about Liverpool when Philippe Coutinho left looks pretty good right now.
'Fab 4' was no longer following Coutinho's £142 million transfer to Barcelona.
While the Liverpool faithfuls were disappointed to see the back of their brilliant Brazilian, the club are coping fairly well without him which includes a hefty advantage ahead of a potential semi-final spot in the Champions League.
Some may even say a better dynamic since his exit. A view pointed out by Barton who claimed his departure would actually help Jurgen Klopp.
"Klopp was having an issue, certainly in the Liverpool games I had seen, of getting Coutinho, Mane, Salah and Lallana all into the same side," he said.
Barton added: "It is going to be Mane and Salah either side of Firmino and now he has got only a smaller issue of does he play Wijnaldum or Lallana.
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"I think it has actually helped Klopp out. He knew he had a player who wanted away, he was getting a load of money for him, he knew he would be able to reinvest in the side.
"It is going to sound bizarre to say this because Coutinho was mercurial for them at times but they could actually end up being a better team, a more cohesive team, without Coutinho."
He continued by comparing Coutinho to Chelsea's Eden Hazard, while insisting Salah has been the more influential player this campaign.
"I don't think he is as good as Hazard. Salah has been more influential than him this season, certainly with his goals."
'The Egyptian King' has weighed in with an incredible 38 goals in all competitions.
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