Had it not been for the Neymar move to PSG, Barcelona would surely not have been able to afford Coutinho or indeed feel the need to sign him, and then Van Dijk and Alisson quite likely would never have ended up at Liverpool at all.
Luis Enrique offered a solution of sorts, grafting a celebrity trident on to the side that brought the 2015 Champions League while shifting away from the strictest definition of Guardiola’s philosophy. But Luis Suarez is ageing and injured, while Neymar left to pursue his own ambition, a huge transfer that should have allowed Barca to reconstruct their defence and midfield, but instead led to a pair of vain nine-figure splurges on glamour. The greatest effect of the Neymar deal, as it turned out, was to gift Liverpool the Philippe Coutinho windfall they used to become the best side in the world.”
Barcelona splashed out on Coutinho that same January that Van Dijk moved to Anfield, and the huge sum of money from that deal has been of huge benefit to Klopp, as he was also able to spend it on the expensive Alisson purchase, as well as Naby Keita, Fabinho and others.