Selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January 2018 might be the best business Liverpool have ever done, according to Graeme Souness.
In the winter of 2018, Liverpool reluctantly sold Phillipe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142m. It is still one of the most expensive transfers of all time to date.
Jurgen Klopp was open about his intention to keep the Brazilian but it would appear he had his heart in Spain already.
The funds generated from the sale of Coutinho allowed Liverpool to invest heavily in the transfer market. The Reds bought Virgil van Dijk in the same window. A few months later, they brought in goalkeeper Alisson Becker from Roma.
Both of those signings have gone on to be influential for Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp. A transformed backline has played a key part in a Champions League and Premier League triumph over the past two years.
Looking back at Liverpool’s recent transfer business, Souness thinks their best decision has to be letting Coutinho leave for big money.
The Liverpool legend told Sky Sports after his former club captured a first top-flight title in 30 years: “The secret of consistency is driven by the manager.”
“I never get fed up of saying this, you can’t be successful unless you have good senior pros. I think the senior pros are driving that consistency.”
“If you’re recruiting well, you’re getting leaders, you’re getting players who are talented, you get the right players in your club. That self-perpetuates itself to the marvelous team we have here. I seem to finish every sentence with ‘this team isn’t going anywhere, this team won’t be beaten for a while”.
“When you say what’s the most important signing, I think you can look back to when Liverpool went from a good team to a great team.”
“They sold Coutinho and got £160 million or whatever it was, they got Alisson and they got Van Dijk and still had change left over. That’s got to be the best business this club has ever done.”
Ahead of their title defense next season, Liverpool would be keen on making a number of additions over the summer.