Liverpool legend Phil Thompson has urged Jurgen Klopp to bring back Philippe Coutinho at Anfield. Coutinho joined Liverpool from Inter Milan in 2013 and became an integral player for Liverpool.
Coutinho’s performances for Liverpool attracted interest from Barcelona and the Brazilian joined Barca last January.
Coutinho has so far made 75 appearances for Barca, scoring 21 goals and providing 11 assists. The Brazilian has received plenty of criticism lately with several reports linking him to a move away from Camp Nou.
Phil Thompson feels that if Coutinho is to leave Barca, Liverpool should sign him as he could link up well with their front trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Thompson said, “I would take him back in a heartbeat, but it would have to be now.
You don’t want to leave it another 12 months, I think he still has the ability.
He’s suffered at Barcelona. We’ve seen him playing out wide on the left, but he’s not Neymar. He likes to be in the middle where he can pull strings and is getting on the ball to hurt teams.
He doesn’t do that and he’s not a left-winger and that’s where he’s playing at Barcelona; they don’t love him like Liverpool loved him.
He was that little bit clever, that creativity behind those front three that you could go to in games where you knew you were going to have the majority of the possession. He could open that door, he could score the goals that would get you the win.
I would have him back, I don’t know about the football club, but he is the one with that ability.
Knowing our club, we’ve been very shrewd, maybe there’s a buy-back clause in there for maybe less than half what we sold him.”
There’s no doubt in the fact that Ernesto Valverde is playing Coutinho out of position at Barcelona. Given how well Coutinho fitted in Jurgen Klopp’s plans at Liverpool, there’s no doubt that a return to Liverpool might make things better for Coutinho.
Not long back, Coutinho was linked to a move to Liverpool but Jurgen Klopp denied these reports.
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