Why Liverpool should consider Coutinho return

Why Liverpool should consider Coutinho return

Former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho is enduring a tough time at Camp Nou following his £105 million move from Liverpool to Barcelona last January.

Coutinho has failed to nail down a regular starting spot this season, starting nine league games and making 7 appearances off the bench for the Spanish champions.

Barcelona are enjoying another successful season thus far, sitting top of La Liga, still in the Champions League and still in the Copa Del Rey.

Though, they will need to come from behind to progress in the Copa following a 2-1 defeat to Levante in the first leg on Thursday night.

That was a game Coutinho actually scored in, firing home from the spot to keep Barca in the game after going 2-0 down.

But that didn’t spot manager Ernesto Valverde speaking about Coutinho’s uncertain future at Camp Nou, stating after the game: “When you do not play, and you are not happy, you have to fight to change the situation. Today was a match for that.

"Coutinho is a great player who has given us a lot and will give us a lot. I will say the same about Dembele. It's a repetitive question with interchangeable names."

Those comments have sparked a debate with all invested in Liverpool. Some fans can only laugh at Coutinho’s expense, relishing the fact that the former wantaway midfielder is having little luck with his new club.

Others are sensing an opportunity. Some fans believe Coutinho should be brought back to Liverpool should Barcelona make him available this summer. But is that a good idea?

Messi Coutinho Barcelona

Coutinho, the player

Coutinho may be struggling at Barcelona at the moment, but we can’t deny his ability. This a player who lit up Anfield in his five years on Merseyside, scoring 41 goals from midfield in his 152 appearances.

And don’t discount his success at Barcelona last season. He scored 10 goals in 22 games to help Barcelona to their latest league title after joining in January.

He may be struggling for form this season, but to make out that his move to Barcelona has been a total failure would be completely off the mark.

Barcelona have hardly been seamless as a team this season and Coutinho is one of a number of players to be playing below his best.

Coutinho is still a terrific player, so just based on whether he’s a player worth signing, the answer is yes, of course.

Philippe Coutinho

The finance

This would ultimately decide any deal made between Barcelona and Liverpool. Coutinho joined Barcelona for a fee of £105 million and there are also further clauses that could take that fee up to £140 million.

In reality, it’s unlikely all that money has been paid up at this point, so a move in the summer would likely include a cancelling of at least some of Barcelona’s payments to the Reds. That’s how these sorts of quick returns tends to work.

If offered at the same price, there’s virtually no chance Liverpool would take Philippe Coutinho back. This is a player who left Anfield in the best form of his life and he’s far from that level at the moment – that would have to be reflected in the price.

In fact, Liverpool would likely have to be offered a cut price from that mouth-watering £105 million fee to take back Coutinho to make sure they are getting the absolute best out of this deal.

Liverpool can do without the Brazilian, they are proving that at the moment. Would they benefit from his return? Yes, but they can also make do without him, so there would need to b some sort of financial incentive also backing up this potential deal.

Philippe Coutinho Brazil

The verdict

Liverpool are flying at the moment, sitting top of the Premier League and still in the Champions League. Life without Coutinho has proved to be nowhere near as grim as some associated and indeed not associated with the Reds feared.

In stark contrast, Liverpool have thrived without the Brazilian, continuing their improvements on the pitch under Jurgen Klopp.

They aren’t exactly desperately craving the return of Coutinho, who would likely get something of a hard time from the Anfield faithful for the way he left.

Jurgen Klopp also had some tough words upon his departure, so even he may not be craving his return this summer should be offered out by Barca.

Coutinho Klopp

The finance could change that. Barcelona likely still owe Liverpool money, and that puts the Reds in a favourable position as far as re-signing the midfielder goes.

For the same price as they sold Coutinho, at this stage, Liverpool know they can do better. There are better players available at the moment, and Liverpool are now an attractive club for bigger players, gone are the days that clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea are far more attractive.

However, at a cut, price, if Liverpool can make a profit and get Coutinho back in their midfielder, the decision to re-sign him should be a no-brainer.

So, in short, a financial incentive, then get Coutinho back to Anfield. No incentive, let the Brazilian figure out his troubles for himself at Camp Nou.


⚽️ GET £30 IN FREE BETS WHEN YOU PLACE A £10 BET ⚽️
New customers only. First single & e/w bet only odds of 1/1 or greater. 3 x £10 bet tokens. Free bet stakes are not included in returns. Free bets are only redeemable on football. Free bets are non-withdrawable. No free bet expiry. Eligibility restrictions and further t&cs apply. 18+.
Claim Bonus
🟢 Bet £10 & Get £50 in free bets! 🟡
For new customers. Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of qualifying bets. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🔸 BET £10 AND GET £30 IN FREE BETS! 🔸
New Customer offer. Place a min £10 bet on the Sportsbook on odds of min 1/2 (1.5), get £30 in Free Bets. Rewards valid for 30 days. SMS verification required. Only deposits via cards will qualify. T&Cs apply. Please Gamble Responsibly
Claim Bonus
⚽️ BET £10 & GET £40 IN FREE BETS! (MOBILE ONLY) ⚽️
Sign-up via Mobile using promo code N40 and place a bet of £10/€10 or more and we will give you 4x £10/€10 free bets. By entering the Promo code in the box above you agree to the full terms and conditions of this promotion as displayed below. See full terms below.
Claim Bonus
⚽️ UP TO £50 MONEY BACK AS CASH IF ANY OF YOUR FIRST 5X £10 FOOTBALL BETS LOSE ⚽️
Place 5x£10 Sportsbook bets on any market at minimum odds of 2.0 (Evs), and get money back as Cash if it loses. Max refund per qualifying bet is £10 (up to £50 in total). Only deposits made via Cards will be eligible for the promotion (Apple Pay excluded). T&Cs apply
Get Offer
🔷 GET £30 IN FREE BETS WHEN YOU BET £10 🔷
Full T&C’s Apply. New customers on mobile only. 7 days to claim and stake £10 minimum bet at odds of 1.5 or greater to qualify. Free, void, cashed out or partially cashed out bets do not qualify. Max 3x £10 free bets credited on bet settlement. Free bets must be used on 4 or more selections with selection odds of 1.3 or greater. Free bets are non-withdrawable and stake not returned with winnings. 7 day expiry. 18+ BeGambleAware.org.
Claim Bonus
🟠 BET £10 & GET £20 IN FREE BETS! 🟠
*New members. £10 min deposit & bet on sportsbook, placed & settled at 1.5 min odds within 14 days of sign-up. Win part of E/W bets. 2 non-withdrawable £10 Free Bet Tokens: accept in 7 days, valid for 7 days from crediting (ex. E/Ws & Multiples), stakes not returned. Click here for Rules & Exclusions. Bet Responsibly. BeGambleAware.org
CLAIM HERE
🔴 GET £20 IN FREE BETS WHEN YOU BET £5 🔴
18+ New UK+IRE Customers only. Certain deposit methods & bet types excl. Min first £/€5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 to get 4x £/€5 free bets. Free bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned. Restrictions + T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
✅ BET £10 & GET £30 IN FREE BETS ✅
New UK, IE & Malta customers only. 18+. Min £10/€10 first deposit using Debit Card or Trustly. Place a bet of £10 at min odds of 1.5. Free bets expire in 90 days. Full T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🔹 GET £30 IN BONUSES WHEN YOU BET £5 🔹
18+ New customers only. Opt in, bet £5 at odds 2.00+ within 7 days of registering, no cashout. Get 2x £10 Free Bets, set events at odds 2.00+. Plus a £10 Slot Bonus, selected games, wager 20x to withdraw max £250. 7 day bonus expiry. Card payments only. T&Cs apply, see below. begambleaware.org | Please gamble responsibly
Claim Bonus
✅ GET A FREE BET UP TO £35 + 10 FREE SPINS ✅
If your account has Sportsbook losses at the end of your first day's betting, QuinnBet will refund 50% of your losses as a Free Bet up to £35 (min 3 bets) Plus 10 Free online casino spins at QuinnCasino. Even if your account is up, you're guaranteed a £5 Free Bet Plus 10 Free Spins provided you place at least 1 bet of £10 or greater at the minimum odds. T&Cs apply | 18+ New UK Customers Only | BeGambleAware.org
Claim Bonus
BET £5 & GET £30 IN BONUSES
18+ New Customers opt in, bet £5 & get 2x £10 Free Bets for set events (odds 2.00+) + £10, Slots Bonus, selected games, 35x wagering to withdraw max £250. Bonuses expire in 7 days. Card Payments only. T&Cs Apply, see below. | begambleaware.org | Please gamble responsibly
Claim Bonus
🎉 BET £10 & GET £60 FREE BETS! 🎉
New UK customers only. Register using the promo code BETFRED60, deposit and place first bet of £10+ on Sports (cumulative Evens+). First bet must be on Sports. £20 in Free Bets to be used on Sports, £10 in Free Bets to be used on Lotto and 50 Free Spins (20p per spin) credited within 48 hours of bet settlement. Further £20 in Free Bets credited 5 days after settlement. Bonuses have a 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS verification and/or Proof of I.D and address may be required. Full T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🟢 UP TO £40 MONEY BACK AS BONUSES + A £10 CASINO BONUS 🟢
18+ begambleaware.org. New customers only. Min deposit £10. Money back as bonus if first sports bet loses. Wagering requirements: sportsbook 3x at min. odds of 1.40 (2/5), casino 50x. Unless forfeited the sportsbook bonus must be wagered before using the casino bonus. Bonus expires 7 days after opt-in. Visit Unibet.co.uk for full T&C's. #Ad
Claim Bonus
🔵 BET £10 & GET £20 IN FREE BETS + ACCA REWARDS OF YOUR CHOICE! 🔵
New UK customers (Excluding NI) only. Mobile exclusive. Min stake £10. Min odds Evs. Free bet applied on 1st settlement of any qualifying bet. 30 days to qualify. Free bets expire in 7 days. Cashed out/Free Bets won’t apply. Payment method restrictions. 1 Free Bet offer per customer, household & IP Address only. 18+. T&C's Apply **18+. Choose either Boost or Insurance. Available for in-play/pre-match bets on selected sports. You cannot use specials, boosts, any free bet or any other promotion. A minimum of 5 selections and minimum odds of 1/5 per selection/leg to receive Acca Rewards. Minimum stake of £/€0.05. Max free bet refund of £/€20 per Acca for Insurance. Maximum bonus payout is €/£1,000 per Acca for boost. Free bets, cashed out or voided bets will not qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
♥️ GET £40 FREE PLAY PLUS A £10 FREE SPORTS BET! ♥️
1st time depositors only. Min. deposit £10. Use code FAPOKER. Free Play given as cash, Spin & Go tickets, and a Sports Free Bet over 6 days. Tickets expire after 24 hours. Withdrawal restricted during bonus period. Terms apply.
Claim Bonus
🔵 GET £20 IN FREE BETS WHEN YOU BET £5 🔵
18+ New UK & ROI Customers only. Min deposit £5. Min first £5 bet at minimum odds 1/2 to qualify for 1x 20 free bet. Certain deposit methods and bet types excl. Free bet valid for 7 days, stake not returned. Restrictions + T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
⚫️ GET A £30 MATCHED FREE BET IF YOUR FIRST FOOTBALL ACCA LOSES!!!! ⚫️
*New UK customers only. Min Deposit: £5. Maximum Free Bet: £30. First bet on a Football multiple with 3+ selections. Overall odds: 3.00 (2/1) or higher. Free Bets available upon settlement of the qualifying bet. Debit card deposits only. This is offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered. 18+ BeGambleAware.org Full terms apply.
Claim Bonus