Liverpool are not interested in the chance to sign Philippe Coutinho back from Barcelona, according to El Desmarque.
Coutinho moved to the Camp Nou in January of 2018, but it has not gone too well for him in Spain. Although he did manage 21 goals and 11 assists in 76 appearances, it was not enough to keep him in the good books, as he was loaned out to Bayern Munich for the entirety of this current campaign.
It seems that the Bundesliga champions are not interested in paying the €120m (£101.2m) fee to keep him permanently, however, and an Anfield return at the cost of €108m (£91.1m) won’t be happening either.
The report states Klopp either already has or would turn down the opportunity to bring Coutinho back to Merseyside, in part because he’s a bigger fan of Fabian Ruiz.
There was a time when the Brazil international was a vital member of Jurgen Klopp’s side. In the first half of the 2017/18 campaign before he made the switch to La Liga, he scored seven goals and provided six assists in 14 Premier League matches, with him also having bagged 13 strikes the season before as well.
However, things have now changed at Anfield. Coutinho’s departure meant an increased role for Sadio Mane on the left wing, and the Senegal international is now one of the best players in the world – he finished in fourth place in the last Ballon d’Or rankings. Coutinho is far more of a creative winger than Mane – in those six months preceding his move he averaged 3.9 key passes per match, compared to the 1.8 the former Southampton man has amassed so far this campaign.
This current system that Klopp uses, which relies more on fast wingers, appears to be doing the trick – they lead the Premier League by a huge 16 points with a game in hand, and are still unbeaten in the top-flight this term, with Mane himself netting an impressive 15 times across all competitions.
Although Coutinho was undoubtedly a good player on Merseyside, Liverpool have now moved on and are doing better without him. It was even reported Klopp told the Brazilian that he would “have a statue” if he stayed at Anfield for a longer period. Now, though, it is far too late for that.
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