It seems weird to remember there was a time Philippe Coutinho played for Liverpool.
The Brazilian superstar, who was sold to Barcelona last January for a reported fee £142 million, was meant to be a sale that damaged Liverpool in the long-run and hamper their chances of Premier League glory, yet over a year later and the situation couldn’t be any different.
Whilst Coutinho continues to struggle in La Liga, Liverpool have had one of their best seasons ever in the Premier League as Jurgen Klopp leads to current league table ahead of Manchester City with five games to go, and things could be getting even better for the Reds.
According to BILD, Liverpool are interested in bringing in Julian Brandt to Merseyside this summer by activating his £21.5 million release clause, with Juventus also interested in the 22-year-old playmaker.
With Coutinho constantly linked with a move back to Liverpool, it makes sense why the Reds would be tempted to bring back their former superstar, but if Klopp is to play it smart, the German manager should be bringing in the Bayer Leverkusen player instead.
At this moment in time, Brandt is making Coutinho look like a schoolboy as the Brazilian has struggled to even get a look in at Barcelona and wouldn’t even be considered for an Anfield return with Brandt in the picture. Indeed, the youngster has produced seven goals and 14 assists this season opposed to Coutinho’s 10 goals and five assists, and the crazy thing is that the Bayern Leverkusen man has played eight less games.
Coutinho has lost his magic touch and Brandt appears to have gained it.
At just over £20 million, Brandt would be a bargain for the club, something Liverpool have been brilliant at over the past few seasons with Klopp, and at the young age of 22, the playmaker has plenty of time to develop into a better player than he already is.
His versatility to play as a number 10 as well as a winger makes Brandt a player who Klopp could get a lot of use out of for the fee Liverpool will be paying for him, meaning he can slot in for any system and formation utilised by the German manager.
Coutinho returning to Anfield might seem like a fairytale story, but the reality is that Liverpool needs to move on from their player and realise that Brandt is the one who Klopp should be going for.
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