‘When plan A isn’t working he can change the game’: Steve McManaman urges Liverpool to RE-SIGN winger Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona
- Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool for Barcelona in a £105m deal in January 2018
- He has failed to hit the heights expected of him since leaving Premier League
- Steve McManaman believes Liverpool should consider re-signing Brazilian star
- Former winger says Coutinho can change games ‘when plan A isn’t working’
Former Liverpool winger Steve McManaman has urged the club to resign ‘game-changer’ Philippe Coutinho, two years after selling him to Barcelona for £105million.
Coutinho has failed to make an impact since leaving Anfield, and is currently on loan at Bayern Munich where he has scored seven goals in 26 appearances so far this season.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are romping to the Premier League title this season – but McManaman believes they could still do with a player of Coutinho’s ilk.
Philippe Coutinho has failed to hit the heights expected of him since leaving Liverpool
Steve McManaman (right) says Liverpool should think about resigning the Barcelona forward
‘It could be that they opt to bring a certain Philippe Coutinho back to the club,’ he told HorseRacing.net.
‘I wouldn’t mind seeing Coutinho back. He’s a brilliant player but a lot of it is just down to economics. If they can bring Coutinho back for a reasonable fee and potentially sell a couple of players who aren’t playing regularly, then that could work.
‘There are rumours that Xherdan Shaqiri may leave at the end of the season, and Adam Lallana may want to play more often. If there’s space available then I’d certainly like Coutinho back, as he was a wonderful player for Liverpool. He’s that type of player that when plan A isn’t working he can change the game.
Coutinho played over 200 times for Liverpool and was a star in the ranks at Anfield
He then moved to Barcelona but has since been shipped out on loan to Bayern Munich
‘He scored some incredible goals for Liverpool and though he’d have to win the fans over after he asked to leave, I think that most fans would recognise how good he was for Liverpool.’
Coutinho played 201 times for Liverpool, scoring 54 goals in that time and creating numerous more.
His performances since leaving the north west of England have left a lot to be desired, but at 27 he still has plenty of years left at the top level of the game.
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