Despite a lack of new faces arriving at Anfield this summer, the majority of Liverpool fans are counting down the days until the end of the transfer window.
The Reds have been faced with a familiar situation over the last month, as their star man has been actively pursued by Barcelona and the player wants to leave.
Liverpool have made it painstakingly clear that they want to hold onto Philippe Coutinho and have proved it by rejecting astronomical offers from the Catalans for his services.
With the window closing in less than a week, the situation looks set to reach a crescendo in coming days, with soccer tips at OddsDigger suggesting the Brazilian could replace Neymar at Camp Nou.
The most-frustrating thing for the Liverpool fans will be the fact that Coutinho has been so vocal in the recent past stating that he is happy at Liverpool, loves living in the city and that he cherishes being one of the main players in Jurgen Klopp’s side.
To turn this on its head and hand in a transfer request will be disappointing for the Kop regulars, while the threat that the attacking midfielder could express his disgruntlement in the press remains a possibility.
Despite being caught in an unenviable position, Liverpool should be praised for their fortitude in the face of adversity, bucking a growing trend of player power in professional football.
The Reds have a track record of winning out in these types of situations.
In the summer of 2013 Liverpool found themselves up against a wall again, with Luis Suarez making his intention to leave Anfield clear.
The Merseyside outfit had not qualified for the Champions League the previous season and the Uruguay international stated in the press, in no uncertain terms, that he wanted to leave.
Despite a reported offer from Arsenal and plenty of other top-notch clubs as suitors, Liverpool would not be moved and maintained that Suarez was staying at Anfield.
While they had to ride it out until the end of the transfer window, once the opportunity for the South American to get his desired move had passed, the former Ajax man was forced into coming back to the party or risk rotting away in the reserves.
Suarez spearheaded Liverpool’s Premier League title challenge in the resulting 2013-14 campaign, scoring an incredible 31 goals in 33 games in a season that the Reds should really have become English champions.