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Report: Barcelona 'lower Philippe Coutinho asking price' as Liverpool advised to sign him

According to reports from Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are prepared to lower their asking price to offload flop Philippe Coutinho with Liverpool advised to sign the midfielder.

The La Liga champions paid £142m [Mirror] to Liverpool for the Brazilian who has failed to make an impact at the Nou Camp since his transfer in January 2018 and has since been offloaded to Bayern Munich on-loan.

Coutinho, 27, will return to Spain in the summer but is considered to not be in new manager Quique Setien long-term plans.

The report claims that a cut-price deal could be struck for a club to land Coutinho with Liverpool advised to re-sign the creative midfielder, who was a standout player at Anfield prior to leaving.

Philippe Coutinho of FC Bayern München during the 1. Bundesliga match between 1. FSV Mainz 05 and FC Bayern München at the Opel Arena on February 01, 2020 in Mainz, Germany. (Photo by Peter Niedung/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

What RTK has to say

At, 27, Coutinho is just entering the peak years of his career and the Reds could strike a return-deal for less than half the price they sold the player for.

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However, Liverpool’s transformation since Coutinho’s departure has been unquantifiable. The Reds have meticulously developed a winning formula that has the perfect balance from defence to attack.

Jurgen Klopp has had to change the style of play entirely with the Reds now a much more mature and adaptable team to the all-out-attacking system Coutinho was accustomed to during his time on Merseyside.

At £67m, there is no guarantee that the former Inter Milan prodigy will even be a regular starter making the transfer almost redundant entirely.

The reality is that Liverpool have moved on substantially since Coutinho left the club. The Reds have adapted key principles since his departure and with the team finally back on their perch, they are not about to abandon what has led to so much success since Coutinho’s career took a dramatic u-turn.

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