It’s difficult to envisage Coutinho still at Barcelona next season.
The Brazilian was loudly booed by fans at Camp Nou at the weekend when his no.7 was called out – and then again when he had his first touch of the ball.
We know how he left Liverpool, but it’s still not nice to see someone we once loved in such a dark place.
Check out the footage below:
Coutinho’s hostile reception when his name is announced and when he have a touch on the ball. Fair to say he’s lost the support from the fans since crashing out in the CL. pic.twitter.com/LcGQjU3K1V
— Jurgen (@JurgenPressed) May 14, 2019
Former Liverpool captain and assistant manager Phil Thompson would love us to try and re-sign Coutinho this summer, and reckons now is the time to strike.
“I would take him back in a heartbeat, but it would have to be now,” Thompson told Sky Sports News. “You don’t want to leave it another 12 months, I think he still has the ability.
“He’s suffered at Barcelona. We’ve seen him playing out wide on the left, but he’s not Neymar.
“He likes to be in the middle where he can pull strings and is getting on the ball to hurt teams.
“He doesn’t do that and he’s not a left-winger and that’s where he’s playing at Barcelona; they don’t love him like Liverpool loved him.”
We agree that it would be romantic and exciting – and that our former no.10 is a far better player than he’s shown in La Liga – but just can’t see him back in red.
This is because Barca have stuck a £100m price-tag on his head, according to the Mail, which is more than we’d spend on a former player who left us in such a controversial manner.
There’s also the question of, ‘do we need him?’
We’ve just finished with 97 points in the Premier League, are in the Champions League Final and have Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to come in next season – not to mention a defined and settled Naby Keita.