It’s been a tough few days for Liverpool fans, seeing their main summer target Henrikh Mkhitaryan sign for German side Borussia Dortmund leaving a sour taste in their mouths.
But in my opinion the club will always have an alternative/backup plan in case things like this happen.
The world is a big place and a club like Liverpool has a vast scouting network and just off the top of my head I can think of names like Eriksen, Grenier, Munian and Konaplyanka, so I’m sure the club has a list of names they will look to bring in to take up the attacking midfielder role.
The name I want to bring to readers attention is a Brazilian by the name of Bernard.
He may be familiar to some who followed Brazils successful Confederations Cup, (and heard the roar he received he got from the local Mineirão crowd when he came on).
Bernard is an attacking midfielder that spends the majority of his time on the left side, but is comfortable playing on either side or through the middle.
He could easily take up the position on the left side and this would lead to Coutinho moving into a more central position, which is a position he has shown towards the end of last season he is more than capable of holding down.
He does have one small problem nailing that position down for the national team in a Barcelona player and world superstar Neymar, so a potential move to a bigger club like Liverpool could been seen as a way to further his career.
As you can see from the highlight package he has the movement and passing abilities that would appeal to Brendan Rodgers and his fluid movement and positional awareness would fit directly into the style of play Liverpool are developing under Rodgers.
Bernards playing style falls in line with another Brazilian currently on the Reds books. Phillippe Coutinho, give him the ball and watch him work his magic.
He has pace to burn with great acceleration and is quick footed with spurts of unpredictability in his game as can be seen in the video below which highlights one of the best assists I’ve seen in a long time.
Given he is only 20-years-old, he has the time to become the complete package and under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers and he could go on to become of his generations greats.