Jamie Carragher has given his views on where Liverpool can improve their impressive squad this summer and would not be against a return for Philippe Coutinho.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Carragher sees no reason why the 26-year-old could not be welcomed back to Anfield with open arms, to add the creative depth Jurgen Klopp’s squad lack somewhat.
He said: “If there was a possibility of bringing Coutinho back for decent money, I’d do that. We lack that player in the squad. It’s the one thing Man City have on us.
“We could do with a full-back who can play both right-back and left-back. We need another attacker on the level of the front three. Not a centre forward. Another Mane type, maybe a bit younger and up and coming. Somebody who can play left, right and through the middle, You’d still have Rhian Brewster and Divock Origi.”
The Coutinho debate is an interesting one. Carragher’s confidence that Coutinho would be welcome back is probably right and there are some games in which his ingenuity would be more useful than the battering rams Klopp has assembled.
But on the other side, would he get into Liverpool’s best team for the biggest games? Coutinho and the front three in the same team could be too attacking for those matches.
Carragher’s other targets are spot on. Imagine if Liverpool did what City did last summer and got in a player of Riyad Mahrez’s quality, knowing he wouldn’t even start every week…