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.
At the end of the season, the Uruguayan got his move to Barcelona and the Reds received a much-more appealing fee than they would have 12 months earlier.
Given the reported sums of money that Liverpool have rejected this time round, with Klopp saying he is not for sale, Coutinho needs to accept that he is not going anywhere this summer.
Free betting tips should be used before betting on transfer markets, but the smart money is on the former Inter Milan player still being in Klopp’s squad come September 1.
He has a long-term contract at the Merseyside club, who do not want to sell him, and throwing a tantrum in the media would only alienate him to the Reds fans that adore him.
And, at the end of it all, like Suarez, Coutinho will be forced to come grovelling back hat in hand if he wants to play Premier League and Champions League football for Liverpool this season.