Jamie Carragher: Why I’d ‘love’ Liverpool FC to sign 27-year-old this summer
Jamie Carragher says he'd like to see Liverpool FC re-sign Philippe Coutinho from FC Barcelona
Jamie Carragher has admitted that he’d love Liverpool FC to bring Philippe Coutinho back to Anfield this summer.
The Brazil international’s future has been a source of relentless debate in the current transfer window due to uncertainty surrounding FC Barcelona’s plans for the playmaker.
Coutinho has been linked with a potential exit at Camp Nou after a difficult 18 months at the Spanish champions – despite winning successive La Liga titles since his move.
FC Barcelona signed Coutinho in a £142m deal from Liverpool FC in the 2018 January transfer window following months of speculation linking the Brazilian with a move,
But the 27-year-old has failed to deliver at FC Barcelona despite leaving Liverpool FC as one of the best players in the Premier League following a five-year stint on Merseyside.
FC Barcelona are thought to be interested in re-signing Neymar and Coutinho could be used as a potential makeweight in a deal for the world’s most-expensive player.
Now, former Liverpool FC defender Carragher has admitted that he would be thrilled to see Coutinho back at the 18-time English champions.
“I still think they can improve in midfield. I still think they could add a creative player,” Carragher told Pundit Arena.
“They tried to sign one last season in Fekir, he’s actually gone this summer for a lot cheaper [joining Real Betis this week].
“I said it before, I’d love to see Liverpool bring back Coutinho back if that was possible in any way. Obviously, it hasn’t worked out for him at Barcelona. I just think that would be a great addition.
“You’ve got (Adam) Lallana and (Xherdan) Shaqiri in those positions, but they’re not Coutinho. He would give Liverpool something that they don’t have compared to City.”
Liverpool FC won the Champions League for a sixth time last season courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the Madrid showpiece.
The Reds finished in second place and a point behind Manchester City in the title race last term.