Former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson wants his old club to bring Philippe Coutinho back to Anfield this summer, according to Sky Sports.
Coutinho played against the Reds for the first time since leaving for Barcelona last January in the Champions League semi-finals, but was abject in both legs.
He was the first Barcelona player to be replaced in both clashes with his old team-mates as he toiled out on the left wing. Lionel Messi came to the rescue in the first leg but was unable to repeat the trick at Anfield six days later.
But that hasn’t put Thompson off telling Liverpool to sign the Brazilian for a second time this summer, after the Reds narrowly missed out on the title on Sunday.
Thompson said: “I would take him back in a heartbeat, but it would have to be now. You don’t want to leave it another 12 months, I think he still has the ability.
“He’s suffered at Barcelona. We’ve seen him playing out wide on the left, but he’s not Neymar. He’s not a left-winger and that’s where he’s playing at Barcelona; they don’t love him like Liverpool loved him.”
Liverpool fans used to love Coutinho but have since seen their side grow into a far more rounded one without the Brazilian, who didn’t really have a natural place in Klopp’s blueprint.
Coutinho was a shadow of the player we saw at Liverpool during the Champions League ties and it’s tough to see why Thompson feels Liverpool need him back now.