The most heated topic on January Transfer window is the transfer rumors of Coutinho from Liverpool to Barcelona. Barcelona tried to sign Coutinho during summer too, but the bid was rejected a couple of times by Liverpool which forced Brazillian to stay in Liverpool.
If the rumors are true, we will see Coutinho on Barcelona for the rest of the season. Barcelona is desperately trying to move on from Neymar-deficit. Ousmane Dembele is back from injury, and the presence of Coutinho will make the attack even more lethal. But, how is Barcelona going to manage the formation and play Coutinho and Dembele together with Messi and Suarez? Well, I have tried to figure out what the formation may look like.
Ernesto Valverde has achieved much with the current team and the key players for his success are Iniesta, Messi, Paulinho, Ter Stegen, Jordi Alba, Busquets, and Pique. The return of Dembele and signing of Coutinho might affect the game time of Iniesta, Rakitic, and Paulinho, who are currently the vital members of the team. But, so far the game time is concerned, Coutinho will be ineligible to play Champions League guaranteeing the place for Iniesta in Champions League. Rakitic, Paulinho, Iniesta, Denis Suarez, might be rotated according to the weight of the team Barcelona play against in La Liga and Copa Del Rey.
Phillipe Coutinho will be a key player which might help Barcelona win La Liga and retain the Copa Del Rey. It’s up to the management team and Ernesto Valverde to keep the team as strong as possible and happy as well. But, as per now, the transfer seems to be happening.