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A new day sees another interesting name linked to the club, and this time around it is a individual that we all very well.

The Daily Express (via French outlet Le10 Sport) reports that the Reds are interested in re-signing Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona.

The Brazilian has had a much discussed tough time of things things leaving Liverpool midway through last season, and the 27 year old has recently spoken about his future at the Catalan giants.

"I don't know if I will continue at Barcelona.

"Nobody knows about the future, and right now I am focused on playing with my [national] team.

While he was adored on the Kop, Coutinho has found the Nou Camp a much tougher fanbase to win over.

 

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Much of that has to the fact that he is not a lock to be in Barca's starting eleven week in and week out leading to a number of inconsistent performances.

The highly skilled attacking midfielder has no shortage of suitors interested in his services including PSG, Manchester United and Chelsea.

But if Coutinho stays at the Barcelona for the time being, it could also work out as a boost for Liverpool. 

That is because the club could pocket some handy cash due to a contract clause.

So far, Liverpool have accumulated £22.5m of the possible £36m in add-ons, through qualification for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 editions of the Champions League and appearance fees.

Liverpool included a clause on the contract which means Barcelona pay them £4.5m every 25 games he pulls on the Catalan club’s shirt.

Coutinho has played 75 times for Barcelona so far, meaning there is one more instalment of £4.5m to up for grabs.

It is a case of mixed emotions when it comes to Coutinho's current predicament.

He produced many moments of individual brilliance during his five season spell at the club.

However his departure was poorly handled by the individual and his team of advisors, leading to a sense of angst that could have been easily avoided.

The old adage that the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence seems to be particularly true in this case.

If Cou was to return, would he be welcomed back with open arms like a prodigal son, or would there be a deal of scepticism attached?

This is certainly another transfer storyline to watch with interest as the summer progresses.


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If it's on the cards (and I doubt it is), I'd go for it.  Has the ability to turn a few draws into wins.

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Yeah I’d definitely take him back. I think in terms of natural footballing talent he’d still be the best in the team IMO. Also now that we have quality and depth at CM, we wouldn’t need to play him in midfield where he always looked mediocre.

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2 hours ago, TLW said:

Much of that has to the fact that he is not a lock to be in Barca's starting eleven week in and week out leading to a number of inconsistent performances.

 

He’s not gonna start every week here now either. 

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Too much money and too much risk.  His confidence might be absolutely battered.  It also sets a bad precedent.  Even if you act the cunt to leave and it doesn’t work out we will sign you back anyway so there’s no risk for you.  Plenty of our current stars will be looking at how easily things can go south when you leave here.

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2 minutes ago, The Guest said:

Too much money and too much risk.  His confidence might be absolutely battered.  It also sets a bad precedent.  Even if you act the cunt to leave and it doesn’t work out we will sign you back anyway so there’s no risk for you.  Plenty of our current stars will be looking at how easily things can go south when you leave here.

That risk being having to hear calling him Cou again. Makes me feel ill, like I've been headbutted in the ovaries. 

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Just out of interest , how was he any worse than Suarez ? Until the semi with Barca pretty much everyone would have had him back . His antics in trying to force a move were a lot worse than coutinho's . His free kicks alone would be enough for me to swallow my pride . 

Not sure about klopp though

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I remember him being clattered early on by Vardy when we played Leicester, he pretty much went missing for the rest of that game. Yes, he could turn draws into wins unless the opposition knocks him in which case he hides. Another luxury player in a team of hard working players, no thanks. 

 

Obviously, if Klopp decides he wants him then fine. 

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17 minutes ago, elvis said:

Just out of interest , how was he any worse than Suarez ? Until the semi with Barca pretty much everyone would have had him back . His antics in trying to force a move were a lot worse than coutinho's . His free kicks alone would be enough for me to swallow my pride . 

Not sure about klopp though

Suarez didn't try to leave in the middle of the season, didn't make up excuses to miss games for us, gave his all in his last season. For me, both of them are cunts but I would respect Suarez just a bit higher than Cuntinho. 

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