Liverpool are interested in re-signing Philippe Coutinho, according to Goal. The Brazilian has interest from Everton and Aston Villa but naturally, it’s the Anfield link that has caught the eye.
Coutinho broke the hearts of Liverpool supporters in 2018. Back then he was very much the team’s star player but chose to move to Barcelona in a deal worth £142 million.
They say the grass isn’t always greener and regarding Coutinho, there’s never been a truer word spoken. His time at the Nou Camp has proved disappointing, with just 25 goals and 14 assists coming from 106 appearances.
Coutinho has been part of the Barca squad this season. He’s made 16 appearances, although that has been more of a case of needs must rather than him finding a way back.
Ultimately, the Spanish giants wouldn’t think twice about selling him. Coutinho earns £380,000-a-week at the Nou Camp and they’d love that salary off their wage bill.
The three English clubs are yet to make their move. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is a big fan though, previously calling the former Reds magician ‘world class’ back in 2019.
Coutinho played his best football at Anfield. In 201 appearances for the club, he scored 54 goals and claimed 45 assists prior to his shocking departure.
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Death, taxes and Philippe Coutinho getting linked with Liverpool. It seems that the media talk more about the Brazilian and Liverpool in the same breath now than when he was an Anfield star.
With Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah now off on AFCON duty for the next month, Liverpool might look to reinforce their squad. In that sense, Coutinho might be ideal.
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At 29, he’s hardly going to be a long-term option. He is, however, a player who knows the Premier League and on his day possesses match-winning qualities.
Liverpool will want to take stock of their attacking options in the summer. It’s been several years since they added a star recruit to their frontline and the time for a big name addition could be on the horizon.
In the short term, however, spending mega-money looks unlikely. With that in mind, swooping for Coutinho could make for a smart piece of January business by Klopp.