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Liverpool urged to re-sign Coutinho this summer

Read Sport logo Read Sport 14/05/2019 Henry Jackson
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Former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson has urged the Reds to bring Philippe Coutinho back to the club this summer.

The Brazilian has endured a wretched time of things at Barcelona, failing to meet the huge expectations of him.

Despite scoring a respectable 21 goals in 74 matches since joining in January 2018, his all-round performances have been lacking.

Coutinho may now be sold by Barcelona at the end of the season, especially after two poor displays against Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final.

Somebody who would love to see the 26-year-old back at Anfield is Thompson, who told Sky Sports News that he is being used in the wrong role at Barca:

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

In truth, it is hard to see Coutinho returning to Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp unlikely to be behind the idea of re-signing him.

It feels like a chapter in the Reds’ history that has been and gone, with the club likely to bring in other faces instead this summer.

A new attacking midfielder in the mould of Coutinho is expected to be a primary target this summer.

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