Jamie Carragher: Liverpool should re-sign Philippe Coutinho if it’s for ‘decent money’

Barcelona v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: First Leg

Liverpool fans must be looking forward to seeing what the summer holds after missing out on the Premier League title by the slimmest of margins this season.

The Reds finished a single point behind Manchester City but will have an opportunity to win their first silverware since 2012 in the Champions League final on 1 June.

Even if Jurgen Klopp’s men come up empty-handed, few can deny they look a side capable of threatening on all fronts for the foreseeable future.

The Liverpool squad isn’t perfect, though, and requires strengthening in the upcoming transfer window.

However, to avoid spoiling the incredible chemistry among Klopp’s players, choosing who to target in the upcoming transfer window will require meticulous care.

The Anfield club arguably needs greater depth more than anything else, and with that in mind, Jamie Carragher believes re-signing Philippe Coutinho is an option that fans would approve.

The Brazilian left Merseyside in less than amicable fashion after failing to force through a move to Barcelona in the summer of 2017.

Coutinho got his wish the following January, and while he hasn’t set the world alight in Spain, Carragher feels Reds supporters should consider welcoming him back for the right price.


“I wouldn't say I would be actively going to get him, but if there was a possibility of bringing Coutinho back for decent money, and Barca wanted to cut their losses a little bit because it hasn't worked out, then I'd do that,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“Would he be welcomed back? I'm not sure. But he should be. I don't see any reason why he shouldn't be.

“I know he got a little bit of stick when he came back [with Barcelona for the Champions League semi-final] because he wanted to move.

“But [Xabi] Alonso wanted to move to Real Madrid, [Luis] Suarez wanted to move to Barcelona, and we still loved them when they went.

“Sometimes we pick and choose who we love when they leave. Nobody forced any player to go to Real Madrid or Barcelona, [Javier] Mascherano is another one.

“Suarez only got stick when he came back because of his antics in the first game [against Liverpool], if he hadn't done that then he'd be adored when he came back. What's the difference between him and Coutinho?”

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Citing Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne as examples, Carragher went on to earmark Coutinho as the type of player Manchester City have in excess but Liverpool lack.

If Klopp agrees, he could do worse than acquire the services of a midfielder who was genuinely worth £142 million less than 18 months ago.

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