Liverpool’s efforts to bring back Philippe Coutinho may go vain, according to the Brazilian’s agent. The Reds have been actively trying to bring back the Brazilian, who left for Barcelona in 2018 for a whopping €142 million.
The 27-year-old may be the third most expensive player in the world, but Barcelona are reportedly unhappy due to a string of mediocre performances. The struggles for Coutinho at the Camp Nou have been persistent from the first season and he has consistently faced criticism from the Spanish media. According to Sky Sports, Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian said:
“We had a meeting last week with the president [Josep] Bartomeu and other directors, and they told us he was absolutely not for sale, that they have never spoken about the boy leaving, that they had never offered him to any club.
“Although there is a guy that works for them called Andre Cury, who apparently has been touting him about – but the president has told us he is categorically not for sale.”
After winning the Champions League and receiving a sizeable boost to the transfer kitty, Jurgen Klopp is actively seeking ways to improve the squad even further. Coutinho is a player who can make a major impact in the Premier League as seen already for a number of years before he left for Barcelona. Despite playing on the wings, the Brazilian returned with figures of one goal in almost every three games. The priority for Liverpool in the forthcoming season appears to be the Premier League, and any team needs a substantial squad strength in order to compete with Manchester City and come out on top.
Coutinho has consistently been linked with a move away from Barcelona, who are looking to sell the Brazilian and raise funds to bring back Neymar from PSG. A swap deal involving Neymar and Coutinho has also been discussed quite often, but it is understood that the player favours a return back to Liverpool. Coutinho featured in 53 games for Barcelona last season but he returned with just 11 goals – a tally that he bettered comfortably in his final three campaigns with Liverpool.
Klopp urged Liverpool to splash the cash several weeks ago, but there has not been any substantial movement from Liverpool in the window so far. This can be a concern for supporters, who have seen the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, and Spurs splash the cash already. Even Chelsea have been able to make signings in the midst of a transfer ban. Klopp was keen on getting new talent in the squad even before the start of pre-season, but Liverpool have been made to wait in the window.
Meanwhile, Senegalese Football Association’s head Saee Seck claims that Sadio Mane, who finished as the Golden Boot winner last season, should consider joining Real Madrid. Mane emerged from the shadows of Mohamed Salah to have a brilliant campaign, but Liverpool cannot just rely on the trio of Firmino, Salah, and Mane if the club is to challenge on all fronts.
Crucially, the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno have left the club and they were crucial fringe players in the squad last season. Liverpool have a modest transfer budget despite winning the Champions League last season. After spending in excess of £160 million in the previous summer, Liverpool still only finished in the second place of the Premier League.
Liverpool open the new campaign with a home game against Norwich City, who have been promoted as the Championship winners.