Liverpool should consider youngster Paulinho as potential Coutinho replacement

Manager Jurgen Klopp speaks to the media during the Liverpool FC Press Conference at Anfield on August 22, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

For now the Brazilian remains at Liverpool but how long will that be the case?

Paulinho (L) of Vasco da Gama struggles for the ball with Gustavo Cascardo of Atletico PR during a match between Vasco da Gama and Atletico PR as part of Brasileirao Series A 2017 at...

For much of the summer, talk was of Philippe Coutinho's potential Liverpool exit, yet when the transfer window slammed shut the Brazilian remained at Anfield.

While that is the case for now, it would be no surprise if a European heavyweight or two came sniffing again in the future, and if Coutinho does ultimately leave, Liverpool will need a replacement.

Brazil's Philippe Coutinho and Bolivia's Leonel Morales vie for the ball during their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match, in La Paz on October 5, 2017.

Step forward 17-year-old Paulinho, an attacking midfielder who currently plays for Coutinho's former club Vasco da Gama and already and two goals and one assist to his name.

He may be young, but Paulinho is quickly showing what it takes to be a success at the highest level, and his innate talent and versatility could make him a star if he followed in the footsteps of the current Liverpool man.

Coutinho had already moved to Europe prior to his Liverpool switch, turning out 47 times for Inter Milan, but the Reds may be wise to make a swift move for his young countryman before someone beats them to the punch.

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool and Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool embrace after the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1, 2017 in...

Paulinho can play anywhere along the forward line and has already impressed at the South American Under-17 tournament.

It would be a big move, swapping his homeland for Brazil, but if Coutinho does move on he may find it hard to replace a man he is likely to idolise given the latter's own journey.

 

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