Liverpool have no interest in Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho, according to journalist Kevin Palmer.
It was reported by Palmer a few months ago in the Sunday World that Coutinho had made a “personal plea” to return to Anfield.
However, Palmer told The Empire of the Kop in an exclusive interview recently that Liverpool do not want Coutinho, despite the fact that the Brazilian is open to returning to Anfield.
Palmer added that there is a possibility that Coutinho could move to either Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur.
Palmer said: “Liverpool don’t want him! Simple as that. The story we did in the Sunday World saying he wanted to come back to Liverpool got a lot of attention and it is 100 per-cent accurate.
“Coutinho would ideally like to return to Liverpool and you can see why. They have won everything since he left. Partly because they bought so well with the money they got for him.
“His agent (Kia Joorabchian) is trying to get him a move this summer and Arsenal or Tottenham look most likely.
“For what it’s worth, I think he would have been great at Liverpool on a one-year loan. A class act who would add to a brilliant squad.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
We would love Coutinho back at Anfield. He was a class performer for the Reds. Coutinho scored 54 goals and registered 45 assists in 201 appearances for Liverpool.
Coutinho had a solid loan spell for Bayern Munich last season. Coutinho found the back of the net 11 times and assisted nine goals in 38 appearances.
Coutinho also won the Champions League with the Bundesliga club. The aforementioned numbers highlight that he is still performing to a decent standard, which is a key reason why we would like him back.
However, according to Palmer, that will not be happening. It would hurt to see Coutinho play for another Premier League club, as he was such a good player for Liverpool.