Follow The Sportsman on Facebook
Football  /
Stats Powered By

Liverpool Must Plot Bid To Bring Back Former Star From Barcelona

Barcelona are currently once again at the top of La Liga
Barcelona are currently once again at the top of La Liga

Following Liverpool’s dire 2-0 result in the Serbian capital to Red Star Belgrade, many fans were both lamenting the lack of quality from their midfield, and reminiscing of the time when Philippe Coutinho was starting ahead of Adam Lallana, who produced another performance unbefitting of the aspirations Red fans so desire.

However, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows for their departed Brazilian. Coutinho left Anfield in a staggering January deal for Barcelona, an initial £106 million still making him the third most expensive player of all time before one even takes into account that this could potentially rise to close to £150 million if he makes his bonuses.

Little more than 10 months after sealing his dream move, Spanish publication Marca have produced a scathing criticism of recent performances that suggest that the Brazilian may not be with the Blaugrana for long.

So where could the dynamic, exciting Coutinho end up?


Barca were subject to some rampant rumours in the summer that the Ligue 1 champions were set to launch a Brobdingnagian bid for Coutinho just six months after he had arrived at Camp Nou.

Whilst Les Parisiens have continued where they left last season off and demolished Ligue 1 - breaking an opening game record that has stood for close to 60 years - they are stumbling once again in Europe.

Unafraid to spend the big bucks, despite constant warnings of FFP restrictions that they ‘somehow’ seem to navigate around, Coutinho linking up behind compatriot Neymar - not to mention alongside the staggeringly brilliant Kylian Mbappe - would be a frightening prospect to face for any European elite.

Inter Milan

Back to where his European adventure began, this is a very different Internazionale than the one Coutinho left in 2013.

The Nerazzurri returned to Champions League action this year thanks to heroics on the final day of the 2017/18 season and now sit pretty in second in Serie A.

Thanks to Coutinho’s fantastic performance against them at the San Siro this week, it might be a possibility to consider to proclaim interest in Coutinho again, over ten years after he first joined the club, if the 26-year-old midfielder bats his eyelashes in their direction,


A swashbuckling start to the season left many observers thinking that the sky was the limit for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. A tired display against Red Star Belgrade - making their first appearance in the competition since the new format was adopted - raised certain questions about the Reds’ actual quality when it matters.

Yes, it may have only been their second loss of the season, but the first - against Chelsea under manager Maurizio Sarri - has already wrenched one piece of silverware out of their hands, Manchester City look nigh on unstoppable at the top of the Premier League, and two losses out of four have left them with the very real prospect of Europa League, with two difficult meetings with Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli still to come.

Should their season once again be unfulfilled, recapturing a player of Coutinho’s sparkle may just be the extra gear this Liverpool side needs, and he wouldn’t be short of adoration from the Anfield crowd who continuously used to shout his name for half a decade.

Register with The Sportsman to personalise your news feed with your favourite sports and team.
Latest Football Articles
Bet Slip
Log In
Quick Deposit
Deposit Funds
Change Payment Method
Bet Placed
Retain Selections
Clear Slip
Free Bets
Bet Slip 0
| Join Now
Balance: £0.00
Log Out
The line, odds or availability of your selections has changed.
Remove All
Click a price to add a selection
To view multiples
Multiple options are restricted for the highlighted selections
The line, odds or availability of your selections has changed.
Accept Changes
Total Stake:
£ 0.00

Estimated Returns:
£ 0.00
£ Place Bet
Bet on Bet365 website
New To Bet365?
Bets are accepted in accordance with the operator's rules
and terms and conditions. Hillside (UK Sports) LP is licensed
and regulated by the British Gambling Commissioner
(Licence number 39563). Registered Office Hillside (UK Sports) LP
(registration number 117), Unit 1.1, First Floor, Waterport Place,
2 Europort Avenue, Gibraltar.
BET365 ACCOUNT? New Customer Offer
The Sportsman is an officially endorsed bet365 betting partner. All bets are placed securely via our API link-up with bet365 and no data or transactional information is sahred with or accessible by the sportsman.com. Bets are accepted in accordance with the operator's Rules and Terms and Conditions.