Liverpool have made a stunning move to bring Philippe Coutinho back to Anfield this summer, with the Brazil international keen on a return, according to a report from Italian publication Calciomercato via The Express this morning.
Having already secured the purchase of Antoine Griezmann for £107m and still actively pursuing Neymar, offloading Coutinho is on Barcelona’s agenda in an attempt to raise funds.
Liverpool are fully aware of developments in Coutinho’s situation at the Camp Nou and have offered Barcelona a deal for his services: a two year loan deal with the possibility to buy for £88m at the end of the two years.
However, due to their need for cash to attempt to bring in Neymar, the Catalan giants are likely to only accept a permanent deal for Coutinho, thus meaning Liverpool’s proposal is improbable to come off.
Only this week Coutinho’s agent, Kia Joorabchian claimed that “Liverpool lies very, very deeply in his heart” and how “it would be very difficult for him to go to a direct competitor of Liverpool”; this would seemingly suggest that the midfielder would jump at the chance to return to Merseyside should the opportunity arise.
Considering the acrimonious nature of his exit back in January 2018, a potential return for Coutinho would prove highly polarising with the fanbase. Whether Klopp would be willing to accept his return and integrate him back into the squad remains to be seen.