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Liverpool fans have their say on the prospect of a Philippe Coutinho return

Liverpool fans have reacted to the possibility of bringing Philippe Coutinho back to Anfield after reports emerged that Barcelona are intent on offloading the Brazilian this summer.

Coutinho, 28, is closing on a landmark 100 appearances for the Catalonia giants, according to the Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo.

The former Inter Milan starlet made the switch to the Camp Nou from Anfield back in January 2018 in an eye-watering deal worth a total of €160million (£142m).

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The nine-figure sum Barcelona paid Liverpool for the Champions League-winning midfielder has been slammed as the “most ruinous business in history” for a Spanish outfit.

Such a gargantuan outlay of money was made up of a €120million (£105m) initial fee as well as a €40million (£35m) in add-ons, of which Barcelona have already paid €10million (£9m) after qualifying for the Champions League in both of Coutinho’s first two seasons with the club.

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Barca also paid €5million (£4m) after Coutinho made his 25th appearance for the club – and they are faced with a substantial payout should he clock up a century of appearances in Spain.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Liverpool would be due an additional €20million should Coutinho reach the aforementioned landmark, though, Barcelona are desperate to avoid such a scenario arising.

The former Bayern Munich loanee has made 90 appearances so far, 14 of which were under Ronald Koeman this season before he suffered  a ruptured meniscus in December.

Coutinho, who has just two years remaining on his pre-existing contract with Barca, has a pencilled in return date from injury in April, where there could be less than 10 matches of the 2020/21 campaign remaining.

The report adds that Barcelona will look to finally offload Coutinho for good this summer, with another loan period considered if a permanent exit cannot be agreed.

The 63-time Brazil international has been valued at £35 million by Barcelona.

Coutinho spent last season on loan in Bavaria, where he helped Hansi Flick record a domestic and European treble before returning to Barcelona the following season.

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Reaction

This has prompted a number of Liverpool fans to offer their verdict as to whether or not Coutinho would be welcomed back on Merseyside.

Let’s take a look at some of the responses which were posted on Twitter…

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