Liverpool urged to re-sign £105m-rated world-class no.7

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Former Liverpool skipper Phil Thompson has urged the Reds to re-sign Philippe Coutinho back to the team in the summer transfer window.

The South American forward has endured a wretched time of things since his transfer to Nou Camp, failing to meet the huge expectations that the fans of Barcelona had.

Despite founding back of the net a respectable 21 times in 74 appearences since joining them back in January 2018, his all-round performances have been lacking and could be out from Nou Camp after the end of the current campaign.

Brazil international forward may now be sold by the Catalan club at the end of the current campaign, especially after two poor displays against his former team Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final.

Somebody who would love to see him back at Liverpool is Thompson, who told Sky Sports News that he is used on a different role.

“I would take him back in a heartbeat, but it would have to be now. You don’t want to leave it another 12 months, I think he still has the ability.

“He’s suffered at Barcelona. We’ve seen him playing out wide on the left, but he’s not Neymar.

“He likes to be in the middle where he can pull strings and is getting on the ball to hurt teams.

“He doesn’t do that and he’s not a left-winger and that’s where he’s playing at Barcelona; they don’t love him like Liverpool loved him.”

In truth, it is tough to see Brazilian midfielder returning to the Merseyside Reds, with Jurgen Klopp unlikely to be keen on to re-sign him.

It feels like a chapter in the Merseyside Reds’ history that has been and gone, with the team likely to bring in other faces instead of him when the summer transfer window will be re-opened.