LIVERPOOL pulled off ‘a great piece of business’ by selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £130m.
That’s according to journalist Duncan Castles, who has praised the Reds getting ‘a lot of things right’ in the transfer market over the last few years.
Liverpool missed out on their first league title in 29 years this season despite finishing on 97 points – the third highest total in Premier League history.
It was a cruel blow for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who were outdone by champions Manchester City in one of the most hotly-contested title races of all time.
Yet Castles believes there is room to be positive for the Reds, insisting they are now a ‘proper force’ in the European transfer market once more.
“Philippe Coutinho, to get the amount of money that they got out of that deal in the fashion they did was a great piece of business”
“Liverpool have had an exceptional season,” he told The Transfer Window podcast.
“They almost won the Premier League, they’re in the Champions League final and they’re favourites to win the Champions League.
“So they’ve got a lot of things right for a number of years, they’ve spent their money well, they’ve sold very well.
“Philippe Coutinho, to get the amount of money that they got out of that deal in the fashion they did was a great piece of business, and we now see Barcelona have basically scapegoated Coutinho for their season and are putting him on the market.”
Castles’ comments came after it was claimed:
He added: “I think there’s zero chance that Barcelona will recover the initial €120m fee that they paid Liverpool for the Brazilian.
“So they have used the resources and the resources are large now.
“We shouldn’t think of Liverpool as an under-resourced minnow in European football anymore, they’re well up there in terms of their spending, high in wages, the revenue is in the top 10 in the world.
“They are a proper force in the European football transfer market.”
Liverpool can still go out on a high in 2018/19 by winning the Champions League on June 1.
They reached their second-successive final in dramatic fashion, overturning a three-goal deficit against Barcelona in one of the most stunning comebacks the competition has seen.
Their opponents arguably bettered it, nevertheless, as Tottenham snatched a place in their first ever final by fighting back from three goals down in the second half of their semi-final second-leg away at Ajax.
Lucas Moura netted the winner, which marked his hat-trick on the night, in the dying seconds of stoppage time to setup the first all-English Champions League final in 11 years.