Guillem Balague rates Philippe Coutinho’s chances of Liverpool FC return
La Liga expert Guillem Balague doesn't expect Liverpool FC to re-sign Philippe Coutinho in the summer despite the speculation about the FC Barcelona star's future
Liverpool FC aren’t interested in bringing Philippe Coutinho back to Anfield, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.
The Brazil international has struggled to impress since his move to FC Barcelona from Liverpool FC in the 2018 January transfer window.
Coutinho moved to the Spanish side in a £142m deal after the number 10 had impressed during his five seasons at the 18-time English champions.
However, the 26-year-old has become a bit-part player at Camp Nou as the playmaker struggles to step out of the shadow of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
Coutinho has netted 19 goals in 63 games in all competitions since his move to FC Barcelona, which is a decent return for an attacking midfielder.
However, the FC Barcelona star has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot and has been a replacement off the bench.
Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Manchester United have all been touted as potential destinations for Coutinho in the summer transfer window.
However, La Liga expert Balague has ruled out Liverpool FC putting together a package to re-sign Coutinho at the end of the season.
Balague said on his YouTube channel: “Liverpool are not interested in bringing him back.
“Barcelona don’t want to sell!
“There’s no intention to sell Coutinho. He has to improve, certainly, we haven’t seen his best version.
“But Barcelona don’t have the intention of selling him. That’s what they’re saying.
“I’m convinced that behind the stories is a real push to make him attractive to the Premier League in case Barcelona want to sell him.
“There’s been meetings with representatives in Barcelona and the conclusion is they’re not moving and Coutinho is very important to the side.
“Do they say that because that’s what they must say at the moment?”
Coutinho netted 54 goals in 201 games in all competitions for the Reds during his spell at the Merseyside outfit.
The Brazilian playmaker failed to win any silverware with the 18-time English champions, finishing as a runner up in the Premier League, the Europa League and the League Cup.