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.
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:
|POS: MID||AGE: 29Y 4M|
|HEIGHT: 6FT 0IN||WEIGHT: 12ST 3LB|
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:
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|LL | BCN |||| LIV | PL|
|08/14 - 07/17||08/14 - 07/17|
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.