Struggling Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho has made an open-ended comment on his future amid speculation that he could return to England.

The Brazilian left Liverpool in January 2018 for a Premier League record fee of £142million and although he started well in Spain, he has had a terrible 2018/19 season.

Speaking after Barcelona beat Lyon 5-1 to progress to the Champions League quarterfinals, Coutinho said: “In the last few weeks, months even, I’ve not been playing well.

 

“But I still want to improve. I came to Barcelona to give my best. I live for the moment.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – MARCH 13: Philippe Coutinho of FC Barcelona looks on with the ball during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyonnais at Nou Camp on March 13, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

“You never know what the future holds. I am happy with my performance today.”

As a result of Coutinho’s struggles at the Nou Camp, reports over the last few months have suggested that he could make a return to England, with Manchester United and Chelsea supposedly interested while Liverpool have been linked as the fairytale return story.

I would love for Liverpool to re-sign Coutinho as his match-winning ability from midfield has yet to be replaced and although Jurgen Klopp would have to tinker with his midfield options, finding a way to make space for the Brazilian would see the Reds have one of the best midfields in the Premier League.

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