Report: 63-cap star who Klopp called 'world-class' wants Liverpool move
Former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho is said to be dreaming of a return to Anfield one day, despite leaving under a bit of a cloud.
Coutinho left for Barcelona earlier on in Jurgen Klopp’s tenure. Despite the club getting over £100m for the Brazilian, it didn’t go down too well at Anfield.
However, according to Spanish publication Sport, Coutinho wouldn’t mind a return to the Reds after seeing his career go a bit downhill since he left.
His move to Barcelona didn’t go to plan. He struggled to hit his best form and has since signed for Bayern Munich on loan. Despite his struggles, he still scored 23 goals in his 90 Barca appearances.
Any return to Anfield is unlikely, however. Jurgen Klopp seems to have moved firmly on from Coutinho, with other players on his radar.
Not that the German doesn’t like the Brazilian. Klopp previously admitted that Coutinho is a ‘world-class’ player when expressing his view on the midfielder’s loan move to Bayern.
Now 29, Coutinho is into the final two years of his Barcelona deal. The Catalan club are intent on selling some players this summer, with Coutinho likely to be one of them.
Coutinho can hope all he wants but Liverpool will surely say no
Surely Klopp won’t have Coutinho back? Yes, Liverpool could do with someone in to help with goals from midfield, but Coutinho is not the man.
His career has dropped off considerably since his Anfield days. He’s never hit the form he showed for the Reds, and there’s little sign of it coming back either.
He made just the 12 La Liga appearances last season. Ronald Koeman is making his own signings, meaning Coutinho is likely to be out of favour again.
So, while Coutinho might dream of a return, it just seems so unlikely for the Reds to look to bring him back.