After an up-and-down first part of the season, Liverpool is looking to improve its squad during the January transfer window. However, it is important to look for other options besides Philippe Coutinho.
The Reds have been targeting the Inter Milan player for some time, and it is obvious that he would be a solid addition to the team. He is only 20 years old and has shown great potential in limited playing time with his Serie A club.
Unfortunately, there is one major setback. Coutinho does not want to leave his current squad.
Nadia Carminati of Sky Sports reported that the Brazilian is planning on staying in Italy, saying:
The Liverpool offer? I'm happy with these offers, because it means I am doing my job well, but I think Inter have faith in me and I want to show my value here. I don't feel that I'm on my way out. I hope to stay at Inter.
The young players feel the faith of the coach and of the club: me, Juan Jesus, Benassi, Bessa and the others.
So far, that has not deterred Liverpool for continuing their pursuit for the midfielder, according to Simon Jones of the Daily Mail:
Liverpool are pressing on with attempts to sign Philippe Coutinho despite the midfielder declaring he would be happy to stay at Inter Milan.
The Anfield club had an £6.7 million offer rejected for the player on Friday, with Inter Milan looking for a fee in the region of £8.5-£10 million.
This could end up being a huge mistake for Liverpool.
The two sides are not that far apart in negotiations, but it is enough that it will take more time to complete a deal. This could end up being a waste of time for someone who does not want to move anyway.
With Internazionale, he is surrounded by loads of young talent and the squad is close to the top of the Serie A league table. The club is currently in position to qualify for next season's Europa League and is only four points away from earning a spot in the Champions League.
Meanwhile, Liverpool has to make up a lot of ground to reach that point.
Coutinho's best chance at winning trophies within the next few years is likely with his current club, and it seems like the young player realizes this.
Instead of wasting time and resources in an attempt to get Coutinho, Liverpool must start searching for other ways to upgrade. Otherwise, the transfer window will end without a significant upgrade.
This time of year does not feature too many experienced players becoming available, but there are a lot of talented, future stars who could be acquired for the right price.
Liverpool has very little chance at completing a transfer for Philippe Coutinho. It must expand its search and start focusing on other options before it is too late.