‘I think he’s a creative genius’: Liverpool legend Phil Thompson urges club to re-sign Philippe Coutinho ‘in a heartbeat’ with Brazilian set to leave Barcelona after nightmare spell
- Phil Thompson says Philippe Coutinho can revive his career by joining Liverpool
- The Brazilian thrived at Anfield before signing for Barcelona in January 2018
- Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchain says player would ‘love’ to return to England
Phil Thompson believes former club Liverpool should re-sign ‘creative genius’ Philipe Coutinho in the summer transfer window.
The Brazilian left Anfield for Barcelona in January 2018 in a deal worth up to £142million, but has struggled to make an impact at the Nou Camp.
The midfielder has made 76 appearances in two-and-a-half seasons at Barca, providing 21 goals and 11 assists.
Phil Thompson believes Liverpool should move to re-sign Philippe Coutinho this summer
Bayern Munich reportedly paid £15m to sign Coutinho on loan this season, where the 27-year-old has produced nine goals and eight assists in 32 matches.
Thompson claims it is not too late for Coutinho to reignite his career by rejoining the Reds.
‘They are probably looking at that creative midfield player,’ Thompson told Sky Sports.
‘Would you take Coutinho back? I would, in a heartbeat. I think he’s a creative genius.
Coutinho scored 54 goals for Liverpool before joining Barcelona in a £142million deal in 2018
‘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 he’s that creative player just off the front three that would probably just tip the balance.’
The Rio-born star registered an impressive 54 goals and 45 assists for Liverpool between 2013 and 2018.
Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchain has revealed a potential return to England was discussed after Bayern’s 7-2 victory over Tottenham in October.
Kia Joorabchian says ‘everything is a possibility’ when it comes to the future of Coutinho
Joorabchian told Sky Sports: ‘I don’t have any preference where the players go. I don’t try to push someone to one club or another. Everything is a possibility.
‘After the Champions League game he played in England we had a long chat about it.
‘The Premier League is something that he has always enjoyed playing in, and loved playing in, and would probably love to come back and play in.
‘The question is what are going to be the financial conditions of all the clubs, including Barcelona and all the Premier League clubs at the end of this pandemic.’
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