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‘They haven’t missed him’ – Saunders reckons Liverpool don’t need to re-sign Coutinho

Dean Saunders says Liverpool do not need to re-sign Phillipe Coutinho, believing Jurgen Klopp’s side ‘haven’t missed’ the Brazilian since his departure in 2018.

Coutinho left Anfield to join Barcelona in a £142m deal in 2018, having established himself as one of the Premier League‘s leading talents during a five-year spell on Merseyside.

The 26-year-old has been linked with a return to Liverpool, having fallen out-of-favour at the Spanish giants, however former Reds striker Saunders believes the club haven’t felt the loss of the playmaker and don’t need to re-sign Coutinho this summer.

“Liverpool haven’t missed him,” Saunders told talkSPORT.

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“They lost one game all season and lost the league by one point when Man City won each of their last 14 games, so they didn’t bottle it.

“Positionally have they missed him? No. Mane, Salah and Firmino are the front three, and Origi and Shaqiri have come in and done their bit.

“If you were critical, they may be lacking a really inventive midfield player. Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner, Fabinho – they’re all workmanlike.

“But I think we’ll see more of Keita this season; he was brought in to carry the ball, go into the last third and make things happen.

“What a good deal it was – they sold Coutinho for £142m and they signed Van Dijk, Fabinho, Keita, Shaqiri, Alisson and won the Champions League!

“Great business, well done Jurgen Klopp. You get lots of criticism in football, but that was a good move.”