Liverpool fans would welcome Philippe Coutinho back to the club with open arms, says Emile Heskey, and despite his struggles in Barcelona, the Brazilian playmaker is still considered a “wizard”
A 2018 transfer to Camp Nou didn’t play out as the South American schemer had hoped. After leaving Merseyside for Catalunya, Coutinho followed the dream, but a stint with La Liga giants soon became a nightmare – with a season-long loan at Bayern Munich struggling to wake him from his slumber.
Another move for the 28-year-old is now being mooted, with the Premier League deemed his most likely destination. Many England teams are connected to movements to land a player who starred at Anfield during a productive five-year stint.
Liverpool has yet to show their hand, with many suggesting that the Reds have moved on and don’t need to build bridges with a player who has forced their way through the exit.
Nevertheless, Heskey believes that Coutinho will still give plenty to a side that lacked a creative No.10 in his absence, with fond memories of his 54 goals still kept, and 45 assists for the Reds.
Former Liverpool striker Heskey told Sky Sports: “What he did was very amazing while he was with the Reds. He’s a fantastic player and everything positive Liverpool did go through him at the time. That’s how I think he ‘d be welcomed back at Liverpool with open arms and the fans would love to have him back-but do you get that same player back? Generally, you just ask any Liverpool fan, they ‘d love to have Coutinho back there and that wizard playing in the midfield.”
Heskey added: “If you look at Philippe Coutinho, he was the main player at Liverpool and he thought that way a lot of the good stuff went through him. When he’s gone to Barcelona where you’ve got Lionel Messi on the side and you get secondary or sometimes third or fourth in line then it can dent your confidence a little, especially when you’ve come from a team where the focus is on you all. You have to change your game and sometimes players can’t do it and then go to Bayern, it might probably be the same. They have players in there that are proven who know what they want to do so he’s got to fit in with that and sometimes it’s difficult.”