Date: 15th May 2018 at 5:08pm
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OPINION

One of the most amazing things about Liverpool’s unstoppable form in the second half of this season has been the way in which the club have seamlessly moved on from the loss of Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazilian maestro left the Reds for Barcelona in a January deal that could rise to more than £140million, with Jurgen Klopp deciding to not replace him immediately.

The club had lost one of it’s main attacking talents, and had seen the ‘Fab Four’ diminished to three, with Klopp instigating a change in system that saw a three-man midfield introduced.

That system has seemed to work wonders with this squad as the Reds have trampled all in their path to reach the Champions League final against Real Madrid on the 26th of May.

Now that the summer window has rolled around, Klopp will no doubt look to bring in another attacking player to fill the gap left by Coutinho as he looks to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title next season.

One player who has long been linked with a move to Anfield has been West Ham playmaker Manuel Lanzini, and reports have begun to emerge again about a move for the Argentina international.

Argentine outlet Ole, as reported by Sport Witness, claim that Liverpool remain interested in a move for the 25-year-old, who has been touted as a replacement for Coutinho.

Lanzini still has two years left on his deal at the London Stadium and would not come cheap, being a massive fan favourite at West Ham.

If this report is true, and the Reds are still considering Lanzini as a target this summer, then the club must bin their interest in the diminutive 5ft 7in Argentine.

Lanzini is a good player, there is little doubt about that, but is he good enough for Liverpool?

This season has seen him net five goals and provide seven assists in 29 matches in all competitions for the Hammers, and he holds an overall record of 20 goals and 16 assists in 102 appearances for the club.

When compared to Coutinho, who scored seven goals and laid on six assists in 15 appearances for Liverpool before his January exit, Lanzini’s numbers are not impressive at all.

He is not fit to lace Coutinho’s boots, let alone step into them at Anfield, and the club must look elsewhere this summer.

Lanzini is not the kind of player that will help the club win their first Premier League title, and a move for him would be pointless and damaging for Klopp and his ambitions.