Liverpool have come a long way since they sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona last January.
Following his departure to the Camp Nou, despite having been arguably their best player, the Reds have still improved significantly under Jurgen Klopp. To put things simply, they have managed to become a better outfit without the 26-year-old.
Yet that would not stop a Liverpool legend from re-signing him if he could.
“I would take him back in a heartbeat, but it would have to be now,” Phil Thompson told Sky Sports. “You don’t want to leave it another 12 months, I think he still has the ability.
“They [Barcelona] don’t love him like Liverpool loved him,” the ex-Reds defender later concluded.
While Georginio Wijnaldum has certainly been able to come up with the goods in recent weeks, there have been points earlier on in the season where it felt like Liverpool could have done with a player of Coutinho’s profile in the middle.
The Brazil international brings creativity to the midfield like how Bernardo Silva and David Silva do at Manchester City. That sort of added attacking threat might have been enough to get Liverpool over the finish line.
Based on that, you can understand Thompson’s thinking behind wanting Coutinho to return to Anfield.
Whether supporters feel the same is another question. But if the Merseyside club want to go one step further next season, then Klopp may need to dip into the market and look for a player similar to the Barcelona man, especially with Manchester City likely to do their own shopping in the summer.