Philippe Coutinho reminded everyone of his class when he scored a magical goal against Manchester United last night.
The Liverpool winger earned plaudits from everyone including Jurgen Klopp and his opposing manager, Louis van Gaal.
And someone else who admired Coutinho’s impact was Jamie Carragher, who tweeted his delight when the 23-year-old equalised in the 45th minute.
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“All is forgiven you little Brazilian f****r” the Liverpool legend wrote, after the playmaker’s earlier mistake.
The former defender then got into a conversation with Liverpool Echo writer Tony Scott, who jokingly hinted that Coutinho’s goal will make him a wanted man in the summer.
“How much do you think you’ll get for Coutinho in the summer now after that?” Scott asked.
Rather surprisingly, Carragher didn’t squash Scott’s claims that the Brazilian could leave. Not only did he give an answer, but he even named the two players Liverpool should use the money on.
“50/60?? Get [Mario] Gotze & [Ilkay] Gundogan then,” Carragher replied.
Is Coutinho worth £60 million?
By the sounds of it, the former England international would be happy to see Coutinho leave if the club could find the right replacements.
Although signing Gotze and Gundogan for the same price they sold Coutinho for is highly unimaginable, mainly because the Liverpool man is unlikely to fetch £60 million.
He was an £8.5 million signing from Inter Milan in 2013 - has he added £51.5 million to his price tag in the years since? Definitely not.
That said, the thought of reuniting Klopp with Gotze and Gundogan would be a dream for many Liverpool fans.
The trio were together at Borussia Dortmund before Gotze left for Bayern Munich and Klopp arrived at Anfield.
The trio, along with the likes of Marco Reus and Robert Lewandowski, were instrumental in guiding Dortmund to the 2013 Champions League, where they were bested by Bayern.
The futures of both Gotze and Gundogan have been heavily speculated in recent months, with many linking the Dortmund midfielder with a move to Manchester City in the summer.
Photographs circulated earlier this month of Gundogan’s uncle - also his agent - meeting with City’s sporting director Txiki Begiristain in Amsterdam.
Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel was asked for his thoughts on the meeting.
“I’m not disappointed and I’m not convinced,” he said, per the Guardian.
“I do not understand the excitement about all of this. We are all looking forward to next season, we are planning and we speak to advisers; it’s part of the everyday job we do. Am I convinced that he will stay? I don’t really know. I know what we can offer him and if that’s enough for him to stay then so be it.
“He knows why he is here, what he’s doing, what is his position, and how he can develop even further and progress with Dortmund.”