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Why football insider might be wrong about Coutinho returning to Liverpool

Liverpool won’t be able to re-sign Philippe Coutinho because Barcelona wouldn’t sell him to the Merseysiders as it would make them look stupid, claims football insider Sam Marsden.

The Reds sold Coutinho to Barca for £142million and used that money to fund the purchase of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in a deal worth £75million. The Dutchman has had an impressive impact at Liverpool but some fans have expressed a desire to see Coutinho back at Liverpool.

Marsden said: “At the moment the official line is he’s not for sale.

“But unofficially there are whispers that if Manchester United, Chelsea, Bayern Munich or whoever it may be, came in during the summer and tested Barcelona with a bid, maybe of around £100m, then maybe the club would think now is the right time to cut their losses.

“As for Liverpool, I don’t have any insight from their point of view, but if they did come in with a bid it would almost be like Barca would be put off by selling him back to the club where they bought him from.

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“Even if Liverpool were to match the same price that another club was prepared to pay, it almost feels like Barcelona would have been had off.”

While Marsden might be correct in that Barcelona might not want to sell Coutinho to Liverpool, at the end of the day it’s the player that has the most power in any transfer negotiation. So, if the Brazilian says he wants to go back to Merseyside and the Reds actually meet Barca’s asking price, there’s every chance a deal can be struck.

Of course, there have been zero reports claiming that Jurgen Klopp wants Coutinho back at Anfield. The German allowed him to leave the club because he didn’t want to keep an unhappy player against his will but whether or not he’d accept him back with open arms is unknown.

I would love to see O Magico back at Anfield. There are a lot of fans that are entirely against the idea but his creativity and goalscoring ability is exactly what is missing from Liverpool’s midfield and if he were to return, a midfield three of Coutinho, Fabinho and Wijnaldum/Chamberlain would be superbly balanced.

At £100m, I’d strongly urge Klopp to get a deal done.

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