Barcelona offer Philippe Coutinho to Liverpool so they don’t have to pay remaining debt

According to AS, Barcelona have offered Liverpool the chance to sign Philippe Coutinho three and a half years after he left Anfield.

What’s the latest transfer news involving Coutinho?

Barcelona have proposed that Liverpool take back Coutinho this summer and waiver their final payment of around €50m (£43m) from the deal that brought him to the club back in January 2018.

The Brazilian joined Barcelona from Liverpool for a fee in the region of £142m according to the Guardian, however the La Liga giants are still yet to pay that sum off in full. 

In a rather unique transfer deal, the Reds have the opportunity to re-sign Coutinho by cancelling out the remaining sum they’re owed.

How has Coutinho fared since leaving Liverpool?

At Liverpool, the Brazilian failed to win a single trophy for the club.

During his stint with Barca, which has included a loan spell at Bayern Munich, he has accrued seven club trophies including the highly coveted Champions League.

However, on a personal level the move from Anfield has struggled to meet expectations.

In his previous La Liga campaign he made just 12 appearances for the Catalan giants scoring two goals and registering two assists. The 28-year-old’s first two seasons at the club were also underwhelming after netting just 12 times in 52 league games.

In his stop-gap season at Bayern, he provided glimpses of returning to the form he once showed at Liverpool as he scored 11 goals and created nine assists in a season where the side were crowned champions of Europe.

He has also been capped on 64 occasions by Brazil, making 29 goal contributions for his national side.

What is Coutinho’s style of play? 

At Liverpool Coutinho was known for his creative qualities and his knack of cutting in from the left-hand side to score outrageous goals from distance. 

Over a third of the goals Whoscored have recorded for Coutinho have been scored from outside the box, showcasing his deadly nature from long-range.

In the 2016/17 season he scored six goals from distance, one of which being a sublime free-kick on the opening day of the Premier League season as he slotted into the top corner beyond Arsenal’s Petr Cech.

He performed at a consistently high level for the Reds – throughout his time at the club he never received a WhoScored season rating lower than 7.29 in England’s top flight.