Judgement on Liverpool’s Coutinho sale should wait, insists Carragher

Date published: Tuesday 23rd January 2018 11:57

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has claimed that the decision to sell Philippe Coutinho can only be judged at the end of the season.

Liverpool lost for the first time in 19 games on Monday night as they were blanked by bottom side Swansea City, after beating the table-toppers Manchester City in their previous game.

Alfie Mawson struck the 40th-minute winner for bottom club Swansea, pouncing on a poor Van Dijk clearance from a corner that Liverpool’s £75million record signing possibly should not have conceded.

In a game that was crying out for creativity, Coutinho’s absence was noticeable for some, but Carragher believes that it is too early to decide whether selling the Brazil international was the right call.

He told Sky Sports: “It’s wrong to say on the back of one game last week ‘it’s fine without Coutinho’ and it is wrong on the back of this game to say ‘it’s a nightmare without Coutinho’.

“You judge the sale of Coutinho at the end of the season, and if Liverpool don’t make top four then people will say ‘why did you sell him?’

 

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“Who knows what goes on behind the scenes, but a game like that last night is where you would miss Coutinho, more so than the (Manchester) City game. The City game is a 50-50 game, about pressing and counter attacking. Swansea was about breaking a team down.

“Yes Liverpool have goals in the team, but none of them are the ones who feed someone else. Who is going to feed the front three to score the goal?”

 

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