Pundit suggests Liverpool make nonsensical bid for former player

Date published: Thursday 6th February 2020 12:06

Steve McManaman thinks Liverpool should bring back Phillippe Coutinho to Anfield if they can get him for “a reasonable fee”.

The playmaker left the Reds for Barcelona in January 2018 in a deal that could rise to £142m, while he now finds himself out on loan at Bayern Munich.

Coutinho struggled in his first 18 months at the Camp Nou but has performed quite well in the Bundesliga, scoring seven goals and assisting another eight for Bayern this season.

Liverpool are on course to win the Premier League this term, having won 24 of their 25 matches to build up a 22-point lead over nearest rivals Manchester City.

Some pundits have suggested if Liverpool need anything then it’s a playmaker and McManaman reckons it would be great to see Coutinho back at Liverpool if they can strike an unlikely deal for the Brazilian.

“It could be that they opt to bring a certain Philippe Coutinho back to the club,” McManaman told HorseRacing.net.

“I wouldn’t mind seeing Coutinho back. He’s a brilliant player but a lot of it is just down to economics.

“If they can bring Coutinho back for a reasonable fee and potentially sell a couple of players who aren’t playing regularly, then that could work.

“There are rumours that Xherdan Shaqiri may leave at the end of the season, and Adam Lallana may want to play more often.

“If there’s space available then I’d certainly like Coutinho back, as he was a wonderful player for Liverpool. He’s that type of player that when plan A isn’t working he can change the game.

“He scored some incredible goals for Liverpool and though he’d have to win the fans over after he asked to leave, I think that most fans would recognise how good he was for Liverpool.

“He seems to have lost his way a bit at the minute, he needs a bit of TLC and an arm around him doesn’t he?

“So if he wants to come back to Liverpool and the deal was good then I’d have no qualms taking him back because he’s a lovely player.”

Any deal seems unlikely with the huge wages and transfer fees involved in bringing the player back to Anfield.

 

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