Liverpool news: Philippe Coutinho is Jurgen Klopp’s missing link, claims former Premier League star Clinton Morrison
Liverpool have a Philippe Coutinho-shaped hole in their midfield, according to former Premier League striker Clinton Morrison.
The Brazilian, who left the Reds in a £142million move to Barcelona in January 2018, could be returning to the Premier League this summer after a disappointing time at the Nou Camp.
Manchester United have been strongly linked with the 26-year-old playmaker – but Morrison suggests Liverpool would take him back in a heartbeat.
Towards the end of Coutinho’s Anfield career, Jurgen Klopp pushed him into a deeper midfield role to service his prolific front three.
And, according to Morrison, the club have never truly replaced Coutinho’s creativity in that area of the pitch.
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“He’s that missing piece of the jigsaw,” Morrison told talkSPORT.
“If the front three aren’t doing it, he can come in those little pockets and create stuff.
“I’ve got a lot of Liverpool friends and they say they would love to have Coutinho back.”
Coutinho underwhelmed during Barcelona’s unconvincing 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday night.
And Morrison, the former Crystal Palace man, believes the Brazilian looks uncomfortable in a Barcelona shirt.
“Coutinho’s a tremendous talent,” Morrison added, “but sometimes it’s about whether you feel at home at a football club.
“He probably doesn’t feel at home.
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“Whereas at Liverpool, he was a superstar, he was the main man. When you go to Barcelona, you’re not the main man. Messi is always the main man.
“Every time you get the ball, you have to give it to Messi. Maybe he’s not showcasing his talent like he used to at Liverpool.”
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