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Philippe Coutinho Not Ruling Out Liverpool Return, Klopp Reacts

Philippe Coutinho after scoring a brace against Osasuna on Sunday/Photo: FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho has spoken about ruling out his Liverpool and Premier League return in the future.

The Brazilian made a total of 152 appearances, scored 41 goals, and provided 35 assists while being at Anfield between 2013 and 2018, before hitting the road to Catalonia, Spain.

Brazilian international joined the Spanish giants for a club-record fee of £142 million in 2018, after 5 years of stay at Anfield.

Philippe Coutinho talked about having an opportunity to play for a team like Liverpool and it’s something he’d always be grateful for.

He also spoke to Diario SPORT in regards to his possible return to the Premier League:

“The Premier League is one of the most exciting leagues in the world.”

“It is impossible to say what might or might not happen in the future. But right now my only goal is to be successful with Barcelona.”

— Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp stated Philippe Coutinho is a Liverpool player for a long time when asked about the player’s return;

“Phil was our boy for a long time. We respect him a lot and wish him all the best.

“That’s how football should be. That’s the most important thing the club showed in that moment.”

– Klopp on Coutinho’s return

After joining Los Azulgranas in 2018, the first few months for Coutinho were no crystal stair. However, he excelled at Bayern Munich by thrashing his former club by 8-2 in the Champions League, after spending last season on loan with the Bavarians.

However, after returning back to Spain, he started the 2020-21 season on a good note, except for picking up injuries that made him miss four games. Yet he has somehow outshone himself against Dynamo Kyiv and Osasuna last weekend.

And as of now, the 28-year-old has extended his contract up to 2022-23 and is quite uncertain about what the future holds for him.

Arsenal and Manchester United tried to sign him in the last summer transfer window but Coutinho was keen to stay at Barcelona. He has been in very good form this season but Barcelona are struggling for consistency in La Liga.

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