‘I would take Coutinho back at Liverpool in a heartbeat’

Phil Thompson thinks Philippe Coutinho’s creativity would be a welcome addition at Liverpool and says he would take the Brazilian back in a “heartbeat”.

Coutinho left in January 2018 in a deal worth up to £142million after failing to force a move through six months earlier.

Liverpool coped well with the disruption created by the playmaker’s transfer request and his subsequent departure but Sadio Mane recently admitted it did leave a hole.

And Thompson agrees as he reckons Liverpool have missed his “clever” play at times this campaign.

“I would take him back in a heartbeat, but it would have to be now,” Thompson told Sky Sports.

“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.”

Thompson added: “He was that little bit clever, that creativity behind those front three that you could go to in games where you knew you were going to have the majority of the possession.

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“He could open that door, he could score the goals that would get you the win.

“I would have him back, I don’t know about the football club, but he is the one with that ability.

“Knowing our club, we’ve been very shrewd, maybe there’s a buy-back clause in there for maybe less than half what we sold him.”

 

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