Former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson
believes Jurgen Klopp would do well to bring Barcelona midfielder
Philippe Coutinho back to Anfield.
The Brazil international has struggled to make any kind of an impact
since making his £142 million move to the Nou Camp and is currently on
loan at German giants Bayer Munich.
Coutinho's form in the Bundesliga has sent a reminder of his
undoubted talents but Barca's asking price to complete a permanent move
to Bavaria means that Bayern are out of the running for his signature -
leaving a return to England the most likely destination.
At this stage it would appear that Chelsea are the frontrunners to
land the 27-year-old, although there has also been significant interest
from Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal and even Liverpool's
Merseyside rivals Everton.
However, Thompson has revealed why he thinks Jurgen Klopp should
seriously consider bringing the attacking midfielder back to Anfield,
with Coutinho notching nine goals and adding eight assists for Bayern
Speaking to Sky Sports, Thompson said: "They are probably looking at
that creative midfield player. Would you take Coutinho back? I would, in
a heartbeat. I think he's a creative genius.
"You look back at his Liverpool career and he was absolutely terrific. He's not too old and I still think he could come back.
"It probably won't happen but it's that creative player just off the front three that would probably just tip the balance."
Bringing back Coutinho would certainly fill a creative hole that his
absent from Liverpool's midfield, although Klopp is more likely to try
and fill it with a younger option - with the likes of Jadon Sancho and
Kai Havertz continuing to be linked with a move to Merseyside.
- TEAMtalk media