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Report: Liverpool considering bid for Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho

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Report: Liverpool considering bid for Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho

The former Reds star is being linked with a move back to Anfield in the French press.

Philippe Coutinho has been linked with a sensational switch back to Liverpool this summer, after falling out of favour at Barcelona.

The Brazilian signed for the Spanish giants back in January 2018 for a fee of £142 million, according to BBC Sport.

In 76 appearances at the Nou Camp, he has netted 21 goals and registered 11 assists.

He looks almost certain to leave Barcelona this summer and now Le10 Sport is linking the forward with a move back to Anfield.

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The 27-year-old was tremendous for Liverpool. In 201 games he scored 54 times and claimed 45 assists.

His departure was somewhat acrimonious, however, and it may not be a popular signing among the Liverpool supporters.

The report suggests that Chelsea and Manchester United are also interested in Coutinho. The Blues do have a transfer ban hanging over them, however, which will probably rule them out of the running.

 

TBR Verdict

A move for Coutinho might be alright for Liverpool as it would allow the Reds to play a different way.

The Brazilian can operate on the wing, or as a number 10 so that would give Jurgen Klopp options.

Whether or not the signing would be well received, however, is another matter altogether. In that sense, it would be a surprise return.

Some Liverpool fans fell disgruntled with Coutinho when he downed tools to force a move to Barcelona and that won’t be forgotten.

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If he does sign, he will need to hit the ground running. Supporters will soon forget about the past if he comes in and does the business on the pitch.

The Reds shouldn’t pay a fortune for the 27-year-old, however. Their squad is strong and they shouldn’t pay over the odds for anyone, given that Liverpool is a club on the up.

Coutinho’s wage might be a concern. He is paid £240k-a-week (Spotract) at Barcelona and that would make him the highest paid player at Anfield. If he serious about reviving his career, however, he may be willing to budge on that.

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