Liverpool could seek to bring Phillipe Coutinho back to Anfield if they miss out on Kai Havertz in the summer, according to The Express.
The German international is Jurgen Klopp’s top midfield target for next season but contingency plans are being drawn up.
One of those could see Coutinho make a return to the club where he spent five years before joining Barcelona.
The Catalan giants are preparing to make a significant loss on their player as they aim to fund their own recruitment drive.
It is understood that Coutinho can now leave for £77 million (Express) and that could alert several Premier League clubs.
The 27-year-old has scored seven goals and registered eight assists during his loan spell with Bayern Munich.
Havertz is viewed as one of the wonderkids of European football.
The 20-year-old has scored five goals and registered two assists this season and can play in a number of positions.
Leverkusen are thought to value Havertz at £80 million (Independent) and Liverpool will hope to pounce during the summer.
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Some Liverpool supporters will feel that Coutinho burnt his bridges when he left Anfield for Barcelona.
Havertz is viewed as a star of the future and Liverpool fans will surely prefer seeing him in action for the club.
Under Klopp, the German international would have the potential to thrive and his midfield energy would suit the current Liverpool style.
Coutinho is paid £281,000-a-week (Marca) at Barcelona and the Reds would be wise to finally move on from the Brazilian.