''He's Not Welcome'' - Liverpool Legend Rules Out Star's Return To Anfield
An interview with player turned pundit Danny Murphy recently revealed several entertaining tidbits with the Liverpool legend.
Murphy, who played for the Reds between 1997 and 2004 being part of the side that won the treble of FA Cup, League Cup, and Europa League, was in conversation with Sportingbet.
The interview talked about Liverpool’s title chances, as well as who he would like to see Player of the Year.
Most interestingly was when the interview turned to the subject of another former Liverpool player, and one who doesn’t enjoy the same reverence from the fanbase.
Just over a year ago, Philippe Coutinho left Merseyside in a staggering £142 million move to European giants Barcelona, making him the third most expensive player of all time.
When it was posed to Murphy the possibility of Coutinho returning to Anfield after not having the ‘desired impact’ at Barca, and the reception the Brazilian would get, Murphy didn’t hold back;
"Coutinho would never be welcomed back at Liverpool. It hasn’t worked out for him at Barcelona, but he made his bed by declaring how much he wanted to leave and now he has to sleep in it. I think even if Liverpool thought it was something they wanted, the fans would make it perfectly clear it wasn’t acceptable and would force them to pull the plug. The fans didn’t necessarily begrudge him his move to Barcelona, but he left himself no way to come back."
Coutinho's move to Spain was long in the making, with the playmaker seen to be flirting with the Blaugrana for a good while whilst under the employment of Liverpool. A twice-runner up in cup competitions in his five-year Liverpool stint, the 26-year-old already has already won the La Liga title, Copa del Rey, and Supercopa de Espana.