Redknapp urges Liverpool to swap Coutinho for Barca star

Date published: Monday 18th December 2017 1:48 - Robert McCarthy

Liverpool should sign Luis Suarez in part-exchange for Philippe Coutinho next summer, according to former Reds star Jamie Redknapp.

Barcelona are expected to revisit their interest in the Brazil star in January, having had three offers rebuffed during the summer.

Coutinho has been in excellent form for Jurgen Klopp’s men since and scored his tenth goal of the season in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Bournemouth.

But Redknapp feels that the Reds are delaying the inevitable in keeping Coutinho at Anfield, and that they should try and negotiate Suarez’s return as part of any deal.

“Philippe Coutinho was sensational for Liverpool at Bournemouth. The Reds should enjoy him while they can before Barcelona come calling again in the summer,” he told the Daily Mail.

“Even if Liverpool receive in excess of the £138 million Barcelona bid last summer, there are few like-for-like players they can buy — while bringing in a number of players is not always the best option.

“Instead, Liverpool should ask Barcelona to swap Coutinho for Luis Suarez.

“The striker has not been as prolific as in recent seasons and the Liverpool fans would love a returning hero. It would be a great move for both the club and the Premier League.”

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