KEY POINTS

  • Liverpool F.C. may consider a reunion with Philippe Coutinho
  • FC Barcelona could catch a break with a Coutinho deal to Liverpool
  • Coutinho may need to mend ties with Jurgen Klopp for a Liverpool reunion to happen

Philippe Coutinho faces an uncertain future once his loan deal with Bayern Munich ends, but his former team has been suggested as a possible destination for the Brazilian.

The 28-year-old midfielder has not lived up to the hefty $180 million investment of FC Barcelona, and the Brazilian footballer has requested a move out of Camp Nou. One club that could make sense for him is Liverpool F.C. Following The Reds' loss to Atletico Madrid in the round of 16 of the Champions League, Coutinho was suggested as a potential option to reinforce the club's attacking reinforcement needs.

However, a Coutinho reunion with The Reds will not be that easy to accomplish. It can be recalled that Liverpool had wanted Coutinho to stay when the Barca deal came up, thus lines were drawn. But a former Premier League striker believes this can be mended. Gabriel Agbonlahor feels that an apology to Jurgen Klopp could set the stage for a Coutinho-Liverpool reunion.

“For me, I’d go out there and get Coutinho back, 100%. I’d probably say, you have to apologize for the way you left but come back. Because for me, he is what Liverpool are missing. Coutinho needs to be the main man in the team, and at Liverpool, he would be,” Agbonlahor said when he spoke to Stadium Astro.

An apology may be needed as Klopp may have possibly been offended by his move despite the effort the Liverpool manager put into trying to keep Coutinho back in 2018. Klopp revealed how he did everything on his end to keep the Brazilian, but it all ended in naught, Sky Sports reported.

So far, the only other clubs who have shown interest in Coutinho are Chelsea, Newcastle and Tottenham. A reunion with Liverpool looms as the best choice as he thrived there before making the jump to Camp Nou.

Should Klopp be open to the idea, it would give Barca a much-needed reprieve. The Catalan giants need to raise additional funds in their pursuit of top players.

As previously reported, Barcelona has reportedly already reached a verbal agreement with Lautaro Martinez. However, they need to offload some players for some financial flexibility. Aside from Coutinho, other players the club will allegedly offer include Nelson Semedo, Ivan Rakitic and Ousmane Dembele.

Philippe Coutinho Philippe Coutinho celebrates after scoring the decisive goal for Liverpool against Blackburn Rovers. Photo: Reuters