Despite an encouraging first six months at Barcelona, former Liverpool player Philippe Coutinho’s first full season was disappointing as he struggled to establish himself on the left wing or in midfield, although he scored 11 goals and laid on five assists. And now he is linked he is tipped to depart the Catalan club and return to the Premier League.
However, former Reds striker John Aldridge is insistent Liverpool fans’ feelings towards him when he played at Anfield with Barca in the Champions League semi-finals in early May will be enough for him not to be welcomed at Merseyside.
“Coutinho left on a sour note as he forced his way out of the club and while he is a great player, I don’t think Liverpool should blow their transfer budget on bringing him back,” Aldridge wrote in the Sunday World.
“None of us have forgotten that Coutinho left Liverpool in a difficult position when he jumped ship mid-way through the season, so we should not give him a simple route back to play for the European champions.
“We all trust Klopp in whatever decisions he makes, but I think adding attacking a top quality attacking option would be the way forward this summer.”