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Liverpool transfer report: Reds looked into Philippe Coutinho reunion

Liverpool have looked into a reunion with Philippe Coutinho this summer, according to reports. The Brazilian’s future with Barcelona remains unclear.

This comes from Mundo Deportivo. They claim Liverpool have looked into a reunion with Phillipe Coutinho for the upcoming season.

Coutinho is in a strange place with Barcelona, they say. He’s not in the first-team and sits quite comfortably behind Pedri – a player over 10 years younger than him.

Is Coutinho ever realistically getting back into Barcelona’s XI then? It seems unlikely, given Pedri is only going to get better and better.

Barcelona’s well-documented financial issues make Coutinho’s wages problematic, too. They won’t want to pay him an awful lot to sit on their bench.

Thus it makes sense for them to ship him off. It also, in our opinion, makes sense for Liverpool to look into the situation.

As the MD article states, he was once their ‘magician’, after all.

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Could Liverpool trigger Coutinho reunion?

We wrote last month that Coutinho could be a risk-free title piece. He’s a quality player who knows Liverpool’s system well, can play multiple positions and is almost certainly available for under his actual value.

If Liverpool got him playing at even 80% of his 2017 level, they’d have an elite player.

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It makes complete sense to look into things then and potentially make a move happen. But we also understand if things quickly fell apart.

There’s no guarantee that Coutinho would find high levels back at Liverpool and he certainly wouldn’t start as a first-XI player. That makes his high wages difficult to justify.

And we imagine that’s why this one isn’t happening. Coutinho probably doesn’t fancy a dramatic wage cut and who could blame him?

We’re also not sure what Barcelona would want as a fee. But really, anything above ‘complete and utter bargain’ represents a risk Liverpool won’t want to take.

So while we’re sure Liverpool have looked into this one, we wouldn’t hold our breath. Coutinho almost certainly isn’t returning to Anfield unless someone is willing to sacrifice a lot of money on a big risk.

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