Liverpool legend Phil Thompson suggested to Sky Sports that the Reds might have included a buyback clause in the deal agreed with Barcelona for the sale of Philippe Coutinho.

The midfielder left the club to join the Catalonians as part of a £142million deal last year.

Since arriving in Spain, he has won two La Liga titles but has struggled to rekindle the form which saw him earn the move abroad.

Philippe Coutinho.

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Speaking to Sky Sports, Thommo said: “I would take him back in a heartbeat, but it would have to be now. You don’t want to leave it another 12 months, I think he still has the ability.

“I would have him back, I don’t know about the football club, but he is the one with that ability.

“Knowing our club, we’ve been very shrewd, maybe there’s a buy-back clause in there for maybe less than half what we sold him.”

Philippe Coutinho and Jurgen Klopp

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Even the supporters that are still livid with Coutinho for leaving in the way he did would likely accept him back at the club if it meant he was re-signed for less than half of what Liverpool initially received for him.

 

That would be a masterclass from Michael Edwards and would surely give Jurgen Klopp that extra quality needed to overtake Manchester City in the Premier League.

Even in one of his worst season for a long time, Coutinho has recorded good numbers, scoring 13 goals and providing another seven for his Barcelona teammates.

Philippe Coutinho.

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As good as those numbers are, it was his final six months in a Liverpool shirt that will provide encouragement for Liverpool fans as he scored and assisted 20 goals by Christmas and was on course to record one of the best ever midfield seasons in the Premier League.

If Klopp was to re-sign Coutinho as he did with Mario Gotze and Shinji Kagawa at Borussia Dortmund, it would require a lot of work to reintegrate him.

What made his exit so controversial was the fact that he listened to his agent Kia Joorabchian’s awful exit strategies by faking injury and refusing to train.