Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has stated that he would have no issue if former Red Philippe Coutinho returned to Anfield, but he feels the Brazilians time on Merseyside may have passed him.

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, which has seen the Brazilian linked with a move back to Anfield in various reports.

Henderson has stated that he would welcome Coutinho back at Liverpool, but it is not his decision at the end of the day. He did also state that Coutinho’s time at Liverpool may have passed him.

“Phil is a good friend of mine,” Henderson told Spanish publication Sport.

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LEICESTER, ENGLAND – Saturday, September 23, 2017: Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho Correia celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mates Alberto Moreno, Emre Can, captain Jordan Henderson during the FA Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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“I think he is an exceptional footballer, he has everything, he has a great attitude and he loves football.

“So, of course, for me it would always be welcome, but it is not up to me.

“It is probably best to ask the manager that. The boys loved him, so if you ask any of them, I’m sure they’ll say they would love to have him back.

“But I think his time here has passed, he has moved and I hope that in the near future we will see the same Phil we saw here.”

If it were for the right price, many Liverpool supporters would more than likely welcome Coutinho back to Anfield. He is a terrific player who has clearly lost his way.

Of course, there are many who have not forgotten how the Brazilian departed the club. However, if those emotions could be put aside, he would be a very handy addition to this current Liverpool squad.

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