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.
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.
“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.”