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Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing Philippe Coutinho again. And, what’s more, the Barcelona star apparently wants to return to Anfield. Should that happen, he’ll be the Reds’ own version of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

Coutinho joined Liverpool halfway through the 2012/2013 season.

And he was a huge hit during his time at Anfield, establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Coutinho was particularly brilliant in the 2016/2017 campaign, scoring 13 goals and clocking up seven assists from 31 Premier League matches.

And, when Barcelona came calling in January 2018, everybody expected him to be a substantial Nou Camp hit.

Barcelona themselves believed Coutinho would be the ticket to Champions League glory, having seen Real Madrid dominate the competition.

However, his time in Catalonia hasn’t worked out.

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Coutinho has been a huge disappointment during his spell at the Nou Camp, struggling under Ernesto Valverde and Ronald Koeman so far.

He wasn’t around during the Quique Setien era, but did score twice as Bayern Munich dismantled Barcelona while he was at the Bundesliga giants on loan.

And, now, a move back to Liverpool could be on the cards.

El Chiringuito TV have claimed Coutinho wants to return to Anfield, having failed during his time at Barcelona so far.

And it’s also stated the Reds themselves are interested in a deal, too.

Liverpool have missed a creative playmaker since Coutinho’s spell on Merseyside, failing to properly replace him.


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Not that it’s done them too much harm, with the Reds winning the Premier League and Champions League titles since his departure.

And if Coutinho did return to Anfield, he’d be Liverpool’s own version of Bale and Ronaldo: a player who goes back to his old club in order to life them.

Bale re-signed for Tottenham on loan during the 2020 summer transfer window.

And though he struggled to win Jose Mourinho round, he still managed an impressive 16 goals from 34 appearances across all competitions.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, headed back to Manchester United back in the summer.

The 36-year-old had looked likely to join Manchester City instead, especially after Pep Guardiola missed out on Harry Kane.

But he headed back to Old Trafford after interventions from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand and Sir Alex Ferguson.

Coutinho would be quite a signing for Liverpool.

And whether they’re able to make that happen in the New Year, when the transfer window reopens, remains to be seen.

Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, previously opened up on Coutinho’s exit during lockdown last year.

“I really respected Phil’s switch from the first second,” the German told the Pure Football Podcast.

“Not that I do that all the time but it felt oh wow that could be difficult.

“So it’s not about yes we signed a new contract so many weeks before that but it was really clear he would not have asked me for any other club but for this club, there was no chance.

“Then we had to be hard in the summer because we had no other solution. We lost Adam Lallana [to injury] in that time as well, we would have lost two players.

“That’s not possible, you cannot solve that on the transfer market.

“He was open to that [staying] and that was really cool. Then you have to be fair in the window and say we can do it, we don’t like it but we can do it.”

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