According to reports from The Mirror, Liverpool have informed the agent of Philippe Coutinho to state that the club has no interest in re-signing the Barcelona playmaker in the summer.
Coutinho, 27, is currently embarking on a loan spell with Bundesliga serial winners Bayern Munich after his inaugural full season with Barcelona in 2018/19 failed to live up to the eye-watering transfer fee the Catalonia giants paid to secure the Brazilian’s services from Anfield.
The former Inter Milan star has managed just 22 starts in all competitions for Bayern this season playing a hand in 17 goals.
The Brazil international is on loan at Germany until the end of the season with Bayern unsure whether to exercise their option to make the deal permanent for the set transfer fee of €120 million (£103.81 million), according to the report.
Meanwhile, Barcelona have made their intentions clear that the club are not interested in keeping Coutinho at the Nou Camp after the talisman joined the La Liga champions in January 2018 from Liverpool for an agreed fee of £142m [BBC Sport].
The report has also claimed that Coutinho’s remaining hope of rekindling his fast-falling career is a potential move to north London with Tottenham Hotspur showcasing an interest in the player.
Coutinho almost joined the Lilywhites last season before Bayern swooped and a move to Jose Mourinho’s team could be on the cards again.
What RTK has to say
Liverpool have done the right thing avoiding this transfer saga as re-signing Coutinho was always going to bring greater risk than reward.
Coutinho behaved awfully in his final season at Anfield and chaos turned to anarchy when the player handed in a transfer request the day before Liverpool’s opening match of the 2017/18 season against Watford.
The former Inter Milan prodigy who came to Anfield following an £8.5m [BBC Sport] move in 2013 was breathtaking in the final few months of his Liverpool tenure but his antics off the pitch hampered his reputation amongst Reds supporters.
Whilst it’s tempting to bring back a former hero who was truly capable of winning football matches on his own, Liverpool have shown they haven’t looked back since Coutinho departed the club over two years ago.
Klopp has proven to be an incredibly loyal manager but is also one who expects that loyalty to come back the other way. With Coutinho, he didn’t have that and that is something that isn’t forgotten too easily.
There is no doubting that Coutinho can still be the world-class talent we know, but it cannot be forgotten just how badly he behaved towards the end and whether it is something that can truly be forgiven.