Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson has admitted he would “welcome” the possibility of Philippe Coutinho re-joining the club, but also stated the Brazil international’s time on Merseyside may have passed.
Coutinho left Liverpool in January 2018 for a whopping £142m (BBC), a move that is often seen to be the one that jumpstarted the Reds’ dominance thanks to the consequent signings of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker. The former Kop favourite has struggled since his exit though, scoring just 21 times for Barcelona and just seven times for Bayern Munich.
In an interview with Sport, via Sport Witness, Henderson revealed that he and the rest of his teammates “loved” Coutinho and would happily take him back in the squad: “Phil is a good friend of mine. I think he is an exceptional footballer; he has everything, he has a great attitude and he loves football. So, of course, for me he would always be welcome, but it is not up to me. It is probably best to ask the manager that. The boys loved him, so if you ask any of them, I’m sure they’ll say they would love to have him back.”
The playmaker extraordinaire has been continuously linked with a return to Liverpool ever since his departure, most recently being touted as a possible alternative to summer transfer target Kai Havertz. While Henderson would clearly enjoy playing alongside the 27 year-old, he did admit it is still unlikely.
“But I think his time here has passed, he has moved and I hope that in the near future we will see the same Phil we saw here.”
Coutinho may have struggled to prove himself in Catalonia, but he certainly still possesses the talent to perform at a top club, proven by his performances this year in Munich. As per WhoScored, he averages 0.5 goals, 2.1 successful dribbles and 2.1 key passes per 90 minutes in the Bundesliga this term, operating mostly as an attacking midfielder. While he would likely need to accept that he would no longer be the star of the show or even a guaranteed starter if he returned to Anfield, it would be foolish to suggest he isn’t still an unbelievable player on his day – just ask Werder Bremen, against whom he scored three times and provided two assists in just 82 minutes.
Liverpool fans, would you take Coutinho back at Anfield? Join the discussion in the comments below…
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience