Philippe Coutinho was close to a Liverpool return last summer, according to reports. Finances put an end to things, however.
The Mirror claims that Jurgen Klopp and Michael Edwards held a meeting over Coutinho’s return. Barcelona were looking to loan him out and the Reds were a natural suitor.
But it was simply too pricey. The Catalonians wanted a staggering £8m just for a year’s loan, as well as 100% of his wages covered. Liverpool wouldn’t match that and pulled out of any deal.
Coutinho would go on to join Bayern Munich on loan instead, of course.
What RTK has to say
Liverpool did the right thing. It’s hard to argue anything else, honestly – the figures are just far too high for a temporary deal.
Just for some perspective, that £8m figure is £750,000 higher than what Liverpool paid for Takumi Minamino. And that’s to sign a player permanently, with potential for sell-ons and improvement, too.
And you’ve got to remember that Liverpool didn’t actually need Coutinho to return, either. They were reigning champions of Europe and as we saw this season, already had to enough to dominate the Premier League.
The Reds actually improved when Coutinho left in January 2018, too, so a move was risky. The Brazilian would have been purely a luxury player – and an expensive one at that.
He’d have either disappeared a year later or Liverpool pay the €120m figure to sign him permanently that Bayern reportedly have available.