Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gets advised to rethink over the return of Philippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho who was bought by Barcelona but was later bagged by Bayern Munich on loan faces a tough time in his form. The midfielder was bought for a value of £142million and now due to his terrible performance, he is all set to leave at a mere price of £65million this summer.
According to reports, Liverpool is one of the clubs showing interest in the Brazilian winger, due to the new price quoted, however former Liverpool striker John Aldridge suggested Klopp give a thought on the same.
Though Coutinho is quoted as “very good player’, John is of the opinion that his signing in the club is not required.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Aldridge said: “I see the topic of whether Liverpool should try and bring Philippe Coutinho back to Anfield has reared its head again.
“For me, he was and still is a really good player and, with the squad we’ve got now I’m sure he’d do very well but I lean more towards the ‘never go back’ argument.
“It can work sometimes but he’s on a lot more money in Barcelona which could be a potential problem and of course there would be the question of how much cash Barca would want from Liverpool for him.
“I would imagine the squad would welcome him back as he’s a really good fella and I couldn’t see that being a problem but I just don’t see it as something I would go for if it was me calling the shots.
“Ultimately Coutinho chose to leave, we got top dollar for him and it’s worked in our favor.
“We went out and brought in Van Dijk and Alisson for pretty much the same money and you have to say we haven’t looked back since – European champions, world champions and a 22-point lead at the top of the league as we look to end this 30-year weight for a league title.
“I wish the lad well but at the end of the day what’s happened to him shows that the grass is not always greener on the other side.
“It used to be said years ago if you left Liverpool there was only one way to go and that’s down, and it’s a sign of the times that some players are now discovering that again.”
The former Liverpool star had the same conscience about Emre Can, who left Liverpool in 2018 on a free transfer.
“Another in the same boat is Emre Can. To be honest, I always felt he was punching above his weight at Liverpool but he thought he could do better by moving on and it hasn’t worked out for him at Juventus,” Aldridge continued.
“He scored a fine goal on his debut for Borussia Dortmund at the weekend but the fact he’s had to go back to Germany to try and salvage his career says a lot and is a warning to others that you walk away from Liverpool at your peril.”