Liverpool chairman: Coutinho ‘probably regrets’ leaving

Date published: Friday 31st May 2019 11:11

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner believes “any elite player” would want to play for the Reds.

Jurgen Klopp’s side face Tottenham in Madrid on Saturday in the Champions League final, hoping to crown what has been a phenomenal season.

The manager himself said that the additions of Alisson and Virgil van Dijk “helped us a lot” in their transition from no European competition whatsoever to Premier and Champions League contenders.

Werner feels their success means that there are no players who “wouldn’t jump at the opportunity” to move to Anfield, using the plight of Philippe Coutinho since his January 2018 departure to prove the point.

Liverpool have reached consecutive Champions League finals since selling Coutinho to Barcelona, who have been knocked out at the quarter and semi-final stages in those two seasons.

“As far as I’m concerned, there’s no reason why any elite player wouldn’t want to be playing for Liverpool,” Werner told the Liverpool Echo.

“We have such a strong squad with a strong back office and a manager who I think is one of the greatest managers in world football.

“So I don’t think there is going to be any players who if they were invited to play for Liverpool, wouldn’t jump at the opportunity.

“I would just point to the story of Philippe Coutinho.

“I have only good things to say about Philippe. But I think he left Liverpool because he wanted to play for one of the two big Spanish clubs.

“We tried to convince him that we had the club moving in the right direction and that he could experience big Champions League occasions by staying at Liverpool. I think he probably regrets his decision.”

 

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