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Don Hutchinson says Liverpool should sign Philippe Coutinho 'for free'

Don Hutchinson has claimed on Twitter that Liverpool should re-sign Barcelona starlet, Philippe Coutinho, on a free transfer in the summer of 2021.

The ex-Reds midfielder, who now works as a pundit for ESPN, made the suggestion after reports emerged that Liverpool could be due another significant windfall this summer.

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Coutinho, 28, signed for the Catalonia giants from Anfield back in January 2018 in an eye-watering £142 million deal, which recently was branded the “most ruinous business in history” for a Spanish outfit.

Such a frankly-ridiculous 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.

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.

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And further developments from La Liga, per Sport, indicate that Liverpool are still due more than €50 million (£42.84 million) which has yet to be paid as a result of the Coutinho deal.

What RTK has to say

While Hutchinson’s post on Twitter may be interpreted as a little tongue-in-cheek, there is a valid argument to be made in regards to bringing Coutinho back to Anfield.

The former Inter Milan starlet, who last season won the Champions League with Bayern Munich, was a revelation at Anfield, and has still yet to replicate such sustained brilliance since making the transition to Spain.

Coutinho, who Jurgen Klopp previously lauded as “world-class” is very-much in the peak years of his career, after all, and Liverpool could provide him with the platform to rediscover his best.

Indeed, Liverpool have thrived in the absence of the the 62-time international, but as the overused footballing cliche goes: ‘Form is temporary and class is permanent’.

By bringing in Coutinho, the Reds can effectively quell their financial issues with Barcelona while simultaneously adding sufficient firepower to Liverpool’s attacking armoury.

Given what we have observed this season, though, are Liverpool really in a position to turn down a proven success story in the final third?

It seems, then, that bringing Coutinho back to Anfield could be in the best interests for all parties involved.

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