Ok, this is all hypothetical. Liverpool are doing well enough without those that decided to abandon ship. However, it’s the festive season and that means interesting thought exercises such as this. So – who should Liverpool consider re-signing? Why shouldn’t they?
Well, firstly – re-signing any of these players would be sending out the wrong signals. With the Reds in the ascendancy, the last thing we’d want to do is appear weak by welcoming back players that wanted to treat us as a stepping stone.
However, we could also opt to be magnanimous and give these players a second chance. We should always be looking to improve the squad where we can.
The Reds sold Philly to Barcelona in 2018 for an incredible £142m. Things didn’t work out for the Brazilian at the Camp Nou and he is now on loan at Bayern Munich.
Coutinho has recovered his form in the German Bundesliga and is still on good terms with Jürgen Klopp. Truth be told, we never replaced him. We adapted to life without Phil but we never replaced his flair and his goals. Liverpool re-signing Coutinho could make this side truly unstoppable.
Perhaps the one player on the list that would be least welcome back. The German midfielder left Anfield for the Allianz Arena in Turin in 2018, exiting Merseyside on a bosman transfer. The fact that he ran down his contract, leaving the club out of pocket, won’t have sat well with management.
However, there can be no denying that Can is a useful player. Emre is versatile, he lined up just about everywhere for the Reds during his time here. Liverpool re-signing Emre Can could be a move that would be a first step to replacing the ageing James Milner.
He was utter magic. Liverpool re-signing Luis Suarez is unlikely for a number of reasons, namely age and wage. The Uruguayan is getting on a bit now, he turns 33 in January. He would also command a massive pay packet should he rejoin from Barcelona.
We can dream though. When Luis was at Anfield he turned football into theatre, we were lucky to have him for the brief time that we did. If he were to move back to Merseyside he would add some vital depth to the Reds’ front line.