Peter Moore hints at why Coutinho is unlikely to return to Liverpool

Date published: Wednesday 12th February 2020 1:25

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Peter Moore has spoken about the sale of Philippe Coutinho and highlighted why Liverpool will probably never re-sign the Brazilian.

Coutinho left Anfield in January 2018 for Barcelona for an initial £105m fee, rising to a potential £142m with add-ons.

His time in Catalonia has not gone smoothly though and he was loaned to Bayern Munich in the summer after failing to hit the heights he did at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp.

He has been continually linked with a return to Anfield, with Klopp yet to directly replace the 27-year-old. And Moore’s latest comments surrounding the departure of the Brazilian suggest it’s unlikely the Reds and Klopp will go back in for the player.

“When Philippe Coutinho left there was a change, not only to the structure of the team but to the way we played football,” Moore told Soccer Laduma in a Q&A at Cape Town Official Liverpool Supporters Club.

“If you recall, when he left two years ago, then it was a complete change of style of play and we [hardly] lost a game over the balance of the season. No disrespect to Philippe but he had a different style of play…The money came in and the money we got from Barcelona then helped fund Alisson Becker.”

 

 

Calciomercato have reported that Arsenal and Liverpool could be in for the midfielder, with Barcelona likely to hold out for a fee of around €80million.

The Daily Express have also reported that Coutinho is Liverpool’s Plan B in case Klopp cannot get number one target Kai Havertz.

Bayern do hold an option to buy Coutinho in the summer for a fee of around £100million, but his showings in the Bundesliga are unlikely to have persuaded the German champions to do business at that price and a return to Catalonia looks likely.

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