Liverpool star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has leapt to the defence of former Reds teammate Philippe Coutinho on Instagram, following the Brazilian’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Barcelona.
BBC Sport claim Bayern have paid £7.8million to sign 27-year-old Coutinho on loan for the 2019-20 campaign, who started impaccably at Barcelona but tailed off last season. There is a permanent clause in the deal, worth £110million.
Coutinho was linked with a return to Liverpool, while Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham were also said to be interested in the former Inter Milan ace during the closing stages of the window. Instead, he opted to move to Germany.
BT Sport asked fans on their Instagram page whether Coutinho could “prove the haters wrong” in the Bundesliga with German champions Bayern Munich – and Oxlade-Chamberlain replied to the post, defending his former Liverpool teammate.
TBR’s view – Should Liverpool have re-signed Coutinho?
The one difference between Liverpool and Manchester City, perhaps, is goals from midfield. Liverpool’s attacking threesome of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane is difficult to be topped.
But their midfield have struggled to score as many goals as Manchester City’s. Indeed, the likes of David Silva, Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden are all regularly on the score sheet.
Gini Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and James Milner certainly struggle to score as many – and that suggests that bringing Coutinho back to Anfield may have been a good move. But, in the end, nothing materialised.