Jamie Carragher has said he would be fully behind Liverpool making a move to re-sign Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilian swapped Anfield for the Nou Camp in a £142 million move in January 2018, although his first 18 months in Catalunya have not gone so smoothly, with the Barcelona faithful being less than impressed with his contributions so far.
His form has seen him linked with a summer exit, with Manchester United and Chelsea rumoured to be interested in his services, but Carragher reckons Liverpool fans should give Coutinho their full support if he were to return to Anfield this summer.
“I wouldn’t say I would be actively going to get him, but if there was a possibility of bringing Coutinho back for decent money, and Barca wanted to cut their losses a little bit because it hasn’t worked out, then I’d do that,” Carragher told the Liverpool Echo.
“Would he be welcomed back? I’m not sure. But he should be. I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t be. I know he got a little bit of stick when he came back [with Barcelona for the Champions League semifinal earlier this month] because he wanted to move.
“But [Xabi] Alonso wanted to move to Real Madrid, [Luis] Suarez wanted to move to Barcelona, and we still loved them when they went.
“Sometimes we pick and choose who we love when they leave. Nobody forced any player to go to Real Madrid or Barcelona, [Javier] Mascherano is another one. Suarez only got stick when he came back because of his antics in the first game [against Liverpool], if he hadn’t done that then he’d be adored when he came back. What’s the difference between him and Coutinho?”
Carragher reckons Coutinho is the kind of creative midfielder that Liverpool are missing, citing Man City’s abundance of players in that position.
“We lack that player in the squad,” he added. “We have it in [Adam] Lallana and [Xherdan] Shaqiri, but this is a different level of player.
“It’s the one thing Man City have on us, they have Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne. We don’t have that type of player. We have great midfield players who are all very similar. We could add something a little bit different. But that would only really be if it was a good price for us.”
It was a shortened pod this week, but still a solid listen. 🎧👌
— Football Faithful (@FootyFaithful_) May 14, 2019