Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Premier League midfielder Carlton Palmer has lauded Liverpool’s sale of Philippe Coutinho.
The Reds sold the Brazilian to Barcelona back in 2018 in an astonishing £140m+ deal; however, things have not quite worked out for him there and reports are now suggesting that he could be sold in the summer for as little as £35m.
It shows just how much Coutinho’s stock has fallen over the last couple of seasons and how well Liverpool did to get the sort of money they received from Barcelona.
Discussing that particular bit of business done by FSG, Michael Edwards and Liverpool during the 2018 January transfer window, Palmer told FFC:
“I thought it was brilliant business, I thought it was brilliant business. I know he’s always wanted to go to Barcelona, but I thought for him it was the wrong move. He got his contract at Liverpool, he was playing unbelievable at Liverpool.
“They gave him a new contract, he would’ve [continued to] fit in the way [Jurgen] Klopp plays, you know, and he’s pushed the move through to go. Listen, don’t get me wrong, I’m sure he’s a multimillionaire out of it. But these are the things that happen sometimes when you don’t think about the things you do. And he’s gone backwards and Liverpool have progressed.”
If Coutinho’s future does truly lie away from the Nou Camp, which looks to be the case, it would not be a shock to see the 28-year-old return to the Premier League. According to Sky Sports, Chelsea were offered the chance to sign him ahead of last summer’s transfer window.