The Mirror have reported that Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards had a discussion with Jurgen Klopp about re-signing Philippe Coutinho last summer.
The Barcelona star was in limbo for a little while ahead of the 2019/20 campaign with the Catalan giants deeming him surplus to requirements.
He did eventually sign for Bayern Munich for an £8 million loan fee and on £250,000-a-week wages.
Although the Brazilian has enjoyed a decent campaign, it’s fair to suggest that he has failed to scale the heights that people know he is capable of.
Klopp’s meeting with Edwards clearly ended with the pair deciding not to pay the eye-watering sums for Coutinho’s services.
The 27-year-old was worshipped by the Anfield faithful prior to his big-money switch to Barca in 2018.
He played 201 times for the Reds, scoring 54 goals and registering 45 assists, nearly helping Liverpool to a league title under Brendan Rodgers.
Klopp added several up-and-coming stars instead during the summer. Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott proving the pick of the bunch.
News of Edwards and Klopp holding a discussion about Klopp clearly implies he has been on the radar.
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It’s not completely beyond the realms of reality that Liverpool will re-enter negotiations about Coutinho.
Given the sums involved, however, they might be wise to steer clear.
If they can tug on Coutinho’s heartstrings, however, and tempt him into a move for love over money, he could be ideal.
Just because the 61-cap has lost his way somewhat it doesn’t mean that he can’t still play.
Liverpool will offload several fringe players during the summer and that will leave some gaps for Klopp to plug.
The Express have reported that it could take £90 million to prise Coutinho away from Barcelona.
Liverpool won’t pay that but taking him on loan might make him a shrewd addition to Klopp’s squad.