Liverpool Are Reportedly Interested In Re-Signing Philippe Coutinho
Liverpool are reportedly interested in re-signing former player Philippe Coutinho this summer.
The 27-year-old, who joined Barcelona in an eye watering £142 million deal, has struggled to settle after penning a five-and-half year deal at the Nou Camp.
He made 54 appearances for the club last season, scoring 11 goals in all competitions, but many fans criticised his performances alongside the likes of Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.
And since the season finished, the 27-year-old has been linked with a move away.
Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have been rumoured to be interested, and his former club appear to have entered the race.
According to reports in France, Liverpool are open to bringing him back to Anfield, just 18 months after he left the club to join Barcelona.
Liverpool open the door for Barça flop Coutinho to return to the PLhttps://t.co/SLY2y2q8ol- SPORT English (@Sport_EN) June 30, 2019
Le10Sport, via SPORT, claim that the Champions League winners are willing to offer the player an escape route from his tough time at the Catalan giants.
Jurgen Klopp is also ready to reinforce his team with players like Coutinho, according to the report.
The 27-year-old, who is currently on international duty with Brazil for the Copa América, told reporters that he was unsure about his future at the La Liga champions:
"I don't know if I will continue at Barcelona," the ex-Liverpool star said via Marca.
"Nobody knows about the future, and right now I am focused on playing with my [national] team [at the Copa América]."
But do Liverpool really need him?
Since his departure, Jurgen Klopp's side have not only challenged for the Premier League title, but lifted the Champions League after beating Spurs in Madrid.
Just a reminder that Liverpool in their UCL run beat the...- Señor (@EnRouteAnfield) June 25, 2019
:flag_es: Champions of Spain
:flag_de: Champions of Germany
:flag_fr: Champions of France
:flag_rs: Champions of Serbia
:flag_pt: Champions of Portugal
Champions of Europe for a reason. :medal:
Those facts make Coutinho's statement shortly after leaving Liverpool in 2016 a little ironic.
"Everyone knows that I wanted to come to Barcelona. It wasn't possible in the summer, but we worked so that it could be done in winter." he told 8tv's 'Fora de Joc' in February 2018.
"I really want to win big titles, it was one of the reasons that made me sign for the club. I want to win as many as I can, I don't have preferences."
Would Liverpool fans welcome Philippe Coutinho back to the club?
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