John Aldridge has advised Jurgen Klopp not to go for Coutinho after the midfielder left the club in a rather unprofessional way.
Coutinho left Liverpool after angling for a move to Barcelona for a long time. But it appears that such measures have come back to haunt the Brazilian. He has struggled at Camp Nou, failed to win over fans and his form has been very inconsistent.
Just 18 months in and Coutinho is apparently looking for a new challenge. Reports claim that Liverpool are keen on reuniting with their former player. Jurgen Klopp is still a huge admirer of the Brazilian and feels that he could add another dimension to the team.
However, John Aldridge is of the opinion that Coutinho shouldn’t be brought back after conducting himself in a very unprofessional manner during his last few months at Anfield.
“Coutinho left on a sour note as he forced his way out of the club and while he is a great player, I don’t think Liverpool should blow their transfer budget on bringing him back,” Aldridge wrote in the Sunday World.
“None of us have forgotten that Coutinho left Liverpool in a difficult position when he jumped ship mid-way through the season, so we should not give him a simple route back to play for the European champions.
“We all trust Klopp in whatever decisions he makes, but I think adding attacking a top quality attacking option would be the way forward this summer.”
Coutinho on the other hand, has been coy about his future. The Brazilian is adamant that he wants to prove his worth.
“Honestly, it wasn’t a good season. It didn’t produce what I wanted, it didn’t go as I hoped,” he acknowledged.
“But I hope it serves me as an example, as a lesson so that I want more, concentrate even more to be able to succeed.”