Coutinho set for Liverpool return?


With FC Barcelona having signed Antoine Griezmann and still seemingly continuing their reported pursuit of Neymar, club-record signing Philippe Coutinho could be set for a shock return to Liverpool.

Coutinho, 27, became the most expensive Blaugrana signing of all time in January 2018, following his arrival from the Reds in a deal worth €142 million (R2.2 billion).

The Brazilian, however, has struggled to justify that staggering price tag, failing to replicate the form that made him a household name in England.

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With Barca reportedly looking to balance the books in a bid to bolster their squad further, it is believed that the former Inter Milan midfielder, who is one of the Catalan club's highest earners, could be poised for an exit.

Coutinho has previously been the subject of reported interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, while it has also been claimed that he could be used as part of a player-swap deal involving reported PSG wantaway star Neymar.

As per Calciomercato, however, it is believed that Coutinho is open to the idea of returning to Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, with the report claiming that the midfielder has given the green light for his former club to snap him up on a two-year loan deal, with an option to buy him outright for £88 million (R1.5 billion).

The player's agent has also fuelled speculation of a return to Anfield for his client, insisting that it would be difficult for Coutinho to join one of Liverpool's rivals.

"I think Liverpool lies very, very deeply in his heart, he was a big fan of them throughout the campaign (last season)," he said, as per the Daily Telegraph.

"He was wishing for them to win the title and he has a very strong affinity there so I think it will be very difficult for him to go to a direct competitor of Liverpool from a personal standpoint."