It’s that time of the year again where rumours regarding transfers dominate the football landscape and for a club like Liverpool, the talk is endless whereby not an hour goes past without a new name being linked with joining or exiting the club.
If you follow all the gossip religiously it really is an exhausting experience but, as we know, there has been major activity at Anfield already this window with the mega-signing of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.
In addition to the big Dutch defender I can see another blockbuster move for the Reds in January but it all depends on what happens to star midfield man Philippe Coutinho who is looking increasingly likely to leave Liverpool and get his dream move to Barcelona.
In my opinion, the only possible way that this could be allowed to happen is if the Reds have a ready-made replacement lined up and there are two names that fit the bill who are available.
The first of these is Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar who was linked with Liverpool in the summer and reports have suggested that he is open to a switch to Merseyside.
The 21-year-old French international is an outrageously gifted footballer with a wonderful left foot who has been on the radar of a number of top clubs for some time and there surely will be movement in regards to his future if not in January then most definitely in the summer.
The other possible replacement in my mind is Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal who is obviously unsettled at the Emirates Stadium and while a long-mooted move to Manchester City looks likely, it would be interesting to see if Jurgen Klopp would try to gazump Pep Guardiola for a player who would be a perfect fit for his high-octane brand of football.
It is pretty obvious that Coutinho wants to go to Barca but Liverpool are in the last 16 of the Champions League as well as being right in contention for a top four spot in the Premier League and are about to embark on what hopefully is a long run in the FA Cup.
For me, Liverpool allowing the gifted Brazilian to leave for the Nou Camp in the middle of a season makes no sense whatsoever and would unnecessarily take away the feelgood factor generated by the purchase of van Dijk.