X

Thursday 22
August

Liverpool

'very difficult' for Coutinho to return – agent

16th July 2019, 06:57 by Bobbie Jackson

The agent of Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho says is would be "very difficult" to secure a return to Liverpool.

Barcelona paid a fee in the region of £105million to sign Coutinho from Liverpool in January 2018, however, he has failed to live up to expectations at the Nou Camp.

Reports in Spain and England have claimed the Blaugrana are happy for the Brazil international to leave this summer and a return to Liverpool has been mooted.

But his agent, Kia Joorabchian, admits Liverpool already have plenty of options and insists it would be "very difficult" to get a deal over the line.

Jootabchian told TalkSport: "So with the build-up they've done and the squad they have, it [signing Coutinho] would really have to be something they would have to decide whether or not they feel there is now a current gap in the squad for someone like Philippe.

"I think it's going to be a very difficult deal, but most of the big ones are always very, very difficult. Obviously, if he were to move back [to the Premier League], it would have to be Liverpool, but at the moment I think it would be difficult and it would be up to them."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

More Liverpool

Liverpool

Sturridge seals Trabzonspor move

21st August 2019, 18:03

Former Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge will be playing in Turkey this season after completing his move to Trabzonspor.

Liverpool

Agent: €100m Liverpool target had big offers, but not thinking of leaving

21st August 2019, 12:33

The France forward has endured a frustrating time in Spain since a €120m move from Borussia Dortmund

Liverpool

Neville claims over Liverpool exit forces Salah into response

21st August 2019, 12:01

Mohamed Salah insists he has no plans to leave Liverpool and that he remains “happy” in the club and the city after Gary Neville tipped him to leave.

Liverpool

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp talks about retirement again

21st August 2019, 12:01

Klopp's current contract at Liverpool runs until 2022

Liverpool

Liverpool starlet pushing for Rangers switch

21st August 2019, 05:29

Liverpool youngster Ryan Kent is ready to 'down tools' in an attempt to force a move to Rangers, reports have claimed.

Liverpool

Salah offers update on future

20th August 2019, 18:57

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has reaffirmed his commitment to the club after being linked with a switch away.

Recent Sport Headlines

Aston Villa

Aston Villa v Everton Betting Preview

22nd August 2019, 13:10

Aston Villa, still searching for their first points, host Marco Silva's Everton in the Premier League's Friday night game.

Rugby Union

Byrne earns first Ireland call

22nd August 2019, 12:47

Fly-half Ross Byrne will make his first start for Ireland when they face England at Twickenham in Saturday's World Cup warm-up match.

Everton

Mina hails his ‘best form’ for Toffees

22nd August 2019, 12:40

Defender Yerry Mina believes he is playing his best football since he arrived at Everton having already formed a strong-looking partnership with Michael Keane.

West Ham United

Lanzini loving Hammers life and wants new deal

22nd August 2019, 12:38

Manuel Lanzini has declared his love for West Ham United and is hoping to put pen-to-paper on a new deal with the club.

Celtic

Forster poised to bid farewell to Saints

22nd August 2019, 12:38

Southampton goalkeeeper Fraser Forster looks to have played his last game for the Saints ahead of a proposed loan move to Celtic.

Tennis

Murray to make Challenger Tour return

22nd August 2019, 12:21

Andy Murray will continue his return from hip surgery by dropping onto the Challenger Tour for next week's Rafa Nadal Open in Mallorca.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Match Preview – Torino vs Wolves

22nd August 2019, 12:08

Wolves are two games away from a place in the Europa League group stage. Their last obstacle begins away against Torino.

Stoke City

Stoke’s struggles could get worse

22nd August 2019, 12:08

Stoke celebrated a third-successive top-10 finish in the Premier League back in 2016 but now they sit rock bottom of the Championship.