Liverpool fans are bracing themselves for Philippe Coutinho's departure to Barcelona, after the Brazilian handed in a transfer request at Anfield on Friday.
Liverpool have so far resisted Barca's attempts to land Coutinho, insisting he will not be sold. But with player power perhaps stronger now than ever before, it is perhaps only a matter of time until the Reds concede defeat.
Liverpool FC midfielder Philippe Coutinho
Having previously shared their club's confidence, Liverpool fans are also beginning to turn, focusing on potential replacements for the playmaker who scored or created 20 goals during last season's Premier League campaign.
And Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli is proving a popular choice, as one of only five midfielders to better Coutinho's tally - although each one played at least 600 more minutes than the Reds man.
Alli (25 goals and assists) famously came close to signing for Liverpool two and a half years ago, and even visited the club's Melwood training facility before choosing Tottenham instead.
And many believe they could, finally, lure the 21-year-old - who is widely reported to have grown up a Liverpool supporter - to Anfield this summer.
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli
This is what they're saying on Twitter.
Not that I have any faith in #lfc to sign a replacement. But if we do sell Cou. I'd be faxing Levy 100mill for Alli.— Chris Riley (@Crsriley) 11 August 2017
Let him go..take the money. Buy Dele Alli or Isco. #LFC— CoutinhoOut (@DewiMalamSuram) 12 August 2017
Ok so Coutinho going and out of #LFC spend the cash on Dele Alli— Steve Parker (@Onlyfools70) 11 August 2017
All out assault on Spurs for Alli with the Coutinho money? If only... #LFC— chau =) (@n1schal) 11 August 2017
When we sell Phil next summer the only player to replace him should be Alli, Gerrard must go to his house & apologise for nappin on him #LFC— Knotti Head (@NegusNkala) 11 August 2017
Why don't we put in a cheeky bid for Dele Alli as a replacement for Phil? He's a Liverpool supporter so would come I reckon. #LFC— Joshua Davies (@Joshua_T_Davies) 11 August 2017
If we sell Coutinho which i believe we will I'd go all out for Dele Alli treble his wages #LFC— DC (@CramptonLFC) 11 August 2017
Could Liverpool really sign Tottenham's Dele Alli this summer?