The one realistic signing Liverpool should make to bridge Man City gap – Jamie Carragher

The player-turned-pundit would welcome the possibility of seeing the 26-year-old back at Anfield.

Carragher does not understand why Coutinho received a more hostile reception on his return to Merseyside than other past players.

Luis Suarez and Coutinho played against Liverpool for the first time since each left in their Champions League semi-final tie.

Attitude towards the Brazilian playmaker, though, is more mixed after he forced through his move to the Nou Camp in January 2018.

The Reds received £142m and Coutinho has since endured a turbulent 18 months at Barcelona, failing to settle in Ernesto Valverde’s side.

Fans in Catalonia have turned on the creative midfielder, and Carragher feels a player with his talent in his position is exactly what Liverpool need to bridge the gap to rivals Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola’s team pipped the Reds to their first Premier League title on Sunday, and with the transfer window now open, Barcelona are ready to sell Liverpool’s former hero.

“I wouldn’t say I would be actively going to get him, but if there was a possibility of bringing Coutinho back for decent money, and Barca wanted to cut their losses a little bit because it hasn’t worked out, then I’d do that,” Carragher told the Liverpool Echo.

“We lack that player in the squad. We have it in Lallana and Shaqiri, but this is a different level of player.

“It’s the one thing Man City have on us, they have Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne. We don’t have that type of player.

“We have great midfield players who are all very similar. We could add something a little bit different.

“But that would only really be if it was a good price for us.”

Chelsea have been linked the most with a move to bring back Coutinho to the Premier League, but their transfer ban imposed by FIFA for the next two windows makes their situation complicated.

Whether Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool ultimately shows an interest in luring Coutinho back to Merseyside ahead of the 2019/20 campaign remains to be seen.

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