Champions League winner firmly on Liverpool’s transfer radar

By Mark Peters IN General,La Liga,Premier League,Transfers - 19:45 Jul 28th 2017

Jürgen Klopp has focused on bringing in quality, rather than quantity, during the current transfer window, sticking to his key targets in a bid to turn the Reds into genuine title contenders.

Equally important to the German’s plans will be hanging on to Philippe Coutinho, though that may prove difficult given Barcelona’s reported interest in the Brazilian playmaker.

Should the Catalan giants get their man, however, there could be a silver lining for Liverpool and their supporters in the shape of Ivan Rakitic, with reports in the Daily Express suggesting that he could be included in any potential deal.

IVAN RAKITIC

Capped over 80 times by his country, the Croatian international has a wealth of experience to call upon, whilst he has been a serial winner during his time at Camp Nou.

In fact, since signing for the club in the summer of 2014, the talented 29-year-old has gone on to lift nine pieces of significant silverware, including the coveted Champions League trophy:

Ivan Rakitic
POS: MIDAGE: 29Y 4M
HEIGHT: 6FT 0INWEIGHT: 12ST 3LB
GAMES
ASSISTS
GOALS
14/15
Barcelona
31
7
5
15/16
Barcelona
36
2
7
16/17
Barcelona
32
5
8
TOTAL
99
14
20

Not only that, but Rakitic has performed at a consistent level across the last three campaigns, scoring or assisting at a rate of roughly once every three games in La Liga.

Blessed with supreme technical quality and a real confidence in his own ability, the Barcelona man would surely be as good a choice as any if the Merseyside outfit are forced to fill Coutinho’s sizeable shoes:

Ivan
Rakitic
versusPhilippe
Coutinho
MIDPOSITIONMID
29Y 4MAGE25Y 1M
6FT 0INHEIGHT5FT 8IN
12ST 3LBWEIGHT11ST 3LB
 
LL | BCN | | LIV | PL
08/14 - 07/1708/14 - 07/17
78
STARTS
84
6860
MINS
PLAYED
7086
20
GOALS
26
14
ASSISTS
18
7
OPENING
GOALS
7
3
WINNING
GOALS
8
8
HOME
GOALS
13
12
AWAY
GOALS
13
4
HEADED
GOALS
L
4
R
12
GOALS
R/L FOOT
L
2
R
24
343
MINS
PER GOAL
273
1
TOTAL
9

Although the Reds’ Brazilian star has age on his side and has put up better numbers than the Croatian over the course of the last three top-flight seasons, acquiring Rakitic in addition to an astronomical transfer fee might make the pill slightly easier to swallow.

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One Comment

  1. Yinka
    Posted July 28, 2017 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Rakitic for Coutinho does not sound like progress to me. Liverpool FC should be adding world class quality players to their squad. This does not appear to be happening at the moment – as the club appears to be running into obstacles at almost every attempt. In order to prove their intent at turning Liverpool into a winning team again, they have to settle this matter with Coutinho quickly – and not let it to continue to drag on and, eventually affect the spirit of the team.