With acceptance comes hope, and with a reported £142 million on its way - £105 million of which can be immediately spent - there's plenty of reason to think Jurgen Klopp and the club's transfer committee can fill the gaping void left by the Brazilian's exit. The January transfer window provides a fickle task that rarely yields the prospects of its summer sister, though there's also reason to think the club had months to prepare for Coutinho's Catalan change and have a contingency plan in place.
The names most frequently linked with a move to Anfield are Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez and Monaco winger Thomas Lemar. There are also the likes of Marco Reus, Julian Draxler, Angel Di Maria, and Christian Pulisic - players who appear either discontent with their current clubs or have previously been reported as a likely Liverpool transfer target.
For every big-named player tethered to a high-profile January switch there are a slew of top-tier footballers whose names haven't been associated with a Merseyside move, and may be a more realistic option for the characteristically sparse winter window.
Here's a look at seven players who fit the profile:
Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig) - The Reds and RB Leipzig have already done business in the form of Naby Keita's eventual move from the Bundesliga to the banks of the River Mersey, and Klopp and Co. could do worse than lure the 26-year-old attacking mid Emil Forsberg to England. Able to check many of the same boxes as Coutinho, Forsberg is a deft dribbler who tends to drift to the left, is technically strong, and can take a thumping set piece. His agent also hinted at a Leipzig exit last June.
Jakub Jankto (Udinese) - Anyone fortunate enough to catch Udinese's uptick in form under Massimo Oddo has caught a glimpse of slick-passing Czech international Jakub Jankto. The Friulani are without doubt a selling club and would be willing to make a few euros on the player in January, and with the 21-year-old exhibiting a penchant for tricky technical skills in tight spaces, the similarities between Jankto and Coutinho extend beyond the fact that he's a central playmaking midfielder who fancies leaning left.
Javier Pastore (Paris Saint-Germain) - When Javier Pastore acknowledged Paris Saint-Germain supporters at the Parc des Princes following a Dec. 20 win over Caen, it was with a wave and not atypical applause. If that was a hint that Pastore was eyeing greener pastures, his failure and certain punishment for a tardy South American return for Sunday's cup clash with Rennes have seemingly sealed his fate. A skilled passer and fan of incisive through balls who can sit behind the frontline as a quasi-No. 10, Pastore's varied locker of virtues is an ideal match for Liverpool's needs.
Oguzhan Ozyakup (Besiktas) - An Arsenal academy product that emerged as a talented playmaker at Besiktas, Turkey international Oguzhan Ozyakup thrives from creating spaces between lines and streaking into channels. The 25-year-old attacking midfielder's current deal lapses in the summer, meaning he would be an affordable January addition, and with his former Gunners reportedly monitoring Ozyakup, Liverpool could do worse than splash a few quid on the player. If anything, Cenk Tosun's sale to Everton is an indication that Besiktas is prioritising profits as much as the Champions League last-16 or repeating as Turkish champ.
Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid) - Every transfer window that passes without Yannick Carrasco leaving Atletico Madrid seems like a wasted opportunity for the Belgium international long linked with an exit from the Spanish capital. A left-sided attacking mid gifted with pace and invention, Carrasco, 24, has been associated with a move to Manchester United or Chelsea, but not Liverpool, and consider he fancies dizzying dribbles and the occasional strike from the car park, you'd reckon his versatility makes him an ideal piece for Klopp's organic and fluid attack.
Amine Harit (Schalke) - Schalke is no stranger to selling its most influential players, and after watching Sead Kolasinac and Joel Matip leave on free transfers, with Max Meyer and Leon Goretzka threatening to do the same in the summer, the Gelsenkirchen local may fancy making a profit on crafty Moroccan playmaker Amine Harit. In his first season in Germany following a summer move from Nantes, Harit, 20, can play as a No. 10 or anywhere in attack, and his preference for playing balls on the carpet should be an intriguing prospect for Liverpool.
Houssem Aouar (Lyon) - In hindsight, Lyon's decision to sell the majority of its influential senior players in the summer was a coup of epic proportions. It allowed a budding three-man midfield of Lucas Tousart, Tanguy NDombele, and Houssem Aouar to emerge as stars-in-the-making, with the latter earning plaudits for his two-way play. Aouar, 19, may be more defensively astute than Coutinho was, but the Frenchman has proved a knack for link-up play and a vision that unlocks defenses. Sky's the limit for a player hardly known outside the Rhone-Alpes region months ago who seems to add a skill with each passing run-out.
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