Liverpool legend wants £157 million man at Anfield, Kaka sends special Reds message, Liverpool to launch £100 million raid on United?
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Manchester United target Philippe Coutinho back at Liverpool is something club legend Steve McManaman would like to see.
The 27-year-old left the Reds for Barcelona in a £142million deal in January 2018 and the manner of his departure upset many supporters at Anfield, but there has been much speculation in the media that he could make a sensational return back to the Premier League as his stay in La Liga has not been the best.
Liverpool have gone on to thrive in his absence, winning the Champions League last season and storming to the Premier League title this term, McManaman, though, would welcome Coutinho returning to Merseyside in the summer.
In his column for HorseRacing.Net, the Reds legend said: “I wouldn’t mind seeing Coutinho back. He’s a brilliant player but a lot of it is just down to economics.
“If they can bring Coutinho back for a reasonable fee and potentially sell a couple of players who aren’t playing regularly, then that could work.
“There are rumours that Xherdan Shaqiri may leave at the end of the season, and Adam Lallana may want to play more often.
“If there’s space available then I’d certainly like Coutinho back, as he was a wonderful player for Liverpool.
“He’s that type of player that when plan A isn’t working he can change the game.
“He scored some incredible goals for LIVERPOOL and though he’d have to win the fans over after he asked to leave, I think that most fans would recognise how good he was for Liverpool.”
Brazilian legend Kaka has claimed that Liverpool have the three best players in the world in their position.
Liverpool have dominated both Europe and the Premier League this season and are on course to re-claim their Champions League title that they won last season, while ending a thirty year wait and bringing the Premier League title back to Anfield.
And Kaka, who played two Champions League finals against Liverpool during his Milan heyday, has been delighted by the progress of his compatriots Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino.
‘Alisson is the best goalkeeper in the world right now, Fabinho is one of the best midfielders, and Firmino and [Luis] Suarez are the best strikers in the world,’ the 2007 Ballon d’Or winner told Sky Sports News.
‘Firmino understands his place on the field and changes his position. He doesn’t stay in the box the whole time, he comes and gets the ball and creates the plays.
‘For me, as a Brazilian, it’s really good to see them having this great success in the Premier League.’
Kaka also described Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp as a ‘pioneer’ but is unsure whether or not this season’s success will be a one-off. ‘It’s good to see a team playing this way because it’s just one season,’ he added.
‘I am not saying Liverpool are bad but in a competition like the Premier League, it’s hard to have a season like this.
‘It shows that Liverpool are in very good shape and have a very good coach and players.
‘Jurgen is a pioneer coach. He’s not afraid to change and try something different. The Premier League is very good because of the coaches that are in this league.’
Darren Bent would not be surprised to see Manchester City or Liverpool launch moves for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.
The £150million-rated Frenchman is widely expected to depart Old Trafford this summer after failing to establish himself as one of the clubs most important players since his mega money move from Juventus just a few seasons ago.
And that has led to all sorts of transfer speculation in the media that he could be on his way out of the club at the end of the season, with Real Madrid and Juventus the two clubs who are interested in signing Pogba, but Bent believes the list of potential suitors would be longer than that if he were available.
And he says he would not be surprised if the likes of Liverpool or City attempted to sign him.
“When someone like a Paul Pogba comes available on the market, and he’s only 26, there’s going to be so many takers,” Bent said on talkSPORT.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if teams like Manchester City come in for him, Liverpool I can see him getting in their team.
“If he’s on top, top form he can get in most teams in the world. Is it a headache that Manchester United are tired of hearing about? He’s been injured for the longest period of time, but yet we’re still talking about him.
“Because he’s not even on the pitch and we’re still talking about him, I wonder maybe if it is best if they part their ways.
“Then everyone can solely focus on Manchester United Football Club – rather than looking for a scapegoat, which is Paul Pogba, for everything that has gone wrong in recent years.”
No-one can understand just why Pogba has failed back at United as he should be hitting the headlines for all the right reasons, and not because he is unhappy etc. But if he does leave at the end of the season, it would be a massive shock to see him stay in the Premier League.