Liverpool legend willing to welcome back Coutinho

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 13: Philippe Coutinho of FC Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and SD Eibar at Camp Nou on January 13, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson says he would bring Philippe Coutinho back to the club “in a heartbeat”.

 

The 26-year-old forced a move to join the Spanish champions in January 2018 from Liverpool for £146m.

Coutinho’s move has since become a failure after failing to nail a place in Ernesto Valverde’s starting eleven. And he was most recently subjected to boos at Anfield in Barca’s 4-0 drubbing.

The Brazilian winger is currently linked with moves abroad with Premier League rivals Man United and Chelsea both keen on his services.

FARO, PORTUGAL - JULY 20: LOSC Lille forward Nicolas Pepe from Ivory Coast during the match between FC Porto v LOSC Lille for Algarve Football Cup 2018 at Estadio do Algarve on July 20, 2018 in Faro, Portugal. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)

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However, Thompson said bringing Coutinho back to the Premier League for half of what Barcelona paid for him would be a shrewd bit of business.

“I would take him back in a heartbeat, but it would have to be now,” Thompson told Sky Sports News. “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.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 23: Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides second goal with Alberto Moreno of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool at The King Power Stadium on September 23, 2017, in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

“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.”

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