Former Red Steve Nicol has stated that Liverpool should re-sign forward Philippe Coutinho, but only if it is for the right price.

Coutinho, who departed Anfield for Barcelona for a transfer fee of £142 million back in January 2018, has had a tough time since.

Coutinho was loaned out by Barcelona to Bayern Munich this season, which highlights just how badly the move to Spain has been for Coutinho. There is no denying that Barcelona and Coutinho are looking to officially part ways.

If Coutinho were available for the right price this summer, Nicol would have no issue with Liverpool re-signing the Brazilian, providing it is for the right price.

However, he did suggest that it would be difficult for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to fit him into the first XI.

“I’d take him – for the right price,” Nicol told ESPN FC.

“When he last was at Liverpool, he didn’t only play wide in a front three, he played wide as one of three in the middle of the park.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – Sunday, May 21, 2017: Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho Correia scores the second goal against Middlesbrough during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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“Do I think he could do that today? No.

“He just seems to have completely lost his way.

“I didn’t expect him to be able to do it at Liverpool, and he did, which was fantastic.

“But he seems to have lost his way.

“If he was to come back to Liverpool or Manchester United, it would take some time to get back in the swing of the Premier League.

“Manchester United haven’t got time to let him settle in.”

Nicol does raise a fair point. Where does Coutinho fit into Liverpool as of right now? Klopp has assembled a team which is very much complete.

However, if it were for the right price, many Liverpool supporters would more than likely welcome Coutinho back to Anfield. You can never have too many good players.

Obviously there are some supporters who have not forgotten that he forced his way out of Liverpool. That itself has ruined his relationship with many supporters.

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