Quotes from 2017 suggest that Jurgen Klopp would be open to handing Philippe Coutinho a second chance after his Barcelona move turned into a nightmare.
Jurgen Klopp is a man of ideals and principles. He’s demonstrated this throughout his time at Liverpool and rarely does he make any moves that might compromise what he truly believes in.
In 2017, while speaking about Alberto Moreno’s future at the club, he told the Echo: “I really believe in second chances. I had more than two, so I like to give players a chance or two.”
While it might seem out of context, Klopp has shown that he is more than prepared to open the door to players that made mistakes and offer them a chance at redemption as he looked to do with Mario Gotze in 2016.
The German midfielder had left Dortmund under acrimonious circumstances and Klopp, the manager in charge in 2013, offered his former charge the opportunity to kickstart his career on Anfield before being turned down by Gotze.
Now, with Calciomercato claiming that the Reds want to re-sign Coutinho on a two-year loan-to-buy deal worth £88million, it seems as though there could be a chance for the Brazilian to return to Anfield where he was so successful.
His agent Kia Joorabchian recently told the Telegraph: “I think Liverpool lies very, very deeply in his heart, he was a big fan of them throughout the campaign [last season]. He was wishing for them to win the title and he has a very strong affinity there so I think it will be very difficult for him to go to a direct competitor of Liverpool from a personal standpoint.”
Liverpool’s starting XI would be one of the best in Europe without question if Klopp was reunited with Coutinho this summer.
It would also ensure that there would be more quality on the bench as one of the current starters would be shifted onto the bench to make way for the former Inter Milan midfielder.
There are yet to be reports in England claiming that a move to Liverpool is possible but it’s not a move that Klopp wouldn’t consider.