It’s a testament to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side that the name ‘Philippe Coutinho’ has hardly been mentioned since he left for Barcelona in January.
Since his departure, Liverpool have won six of their nine Premier League matches as well as cruising into the last-eight of the Champions League.
They’ve barely missed the Brazilian.
But there’s no doubt Coutinho was simply sensational for the Reds.
After Klopp managed to keep hold of him last summer, Coutinho returned to the fold and managed 12 goals in 20 appearances in all competitions this season, producing numerous world-class performances.
However, as mentioned, he could have easily left the club six months before he eventually did.
Barca were desperate to sign him but the Merseyside club held firm.
NEW BOOK MAKES A MASSIVE REVELATION
But a new book has just revealed that Coutinho could have actually joined Real Madrid if Liverpool got their wish.
The recently released ‘PSG: revelations of a revolution’ has exposed the methods Paris Saint-Germain used to strike the Neymar deal last summer.
But perhaps the most interesting extract of the book contains Liverpool, Coutinho and Gareth Bale, per Mundo Deportivo.
The book, written by Ediciones Amphora, claims Liverpool offered a remarkable €70 plus Coutinho by Bale – a deal that was surprisingly rejected by Real Madrid.
REAL MADRID WANTED MBAPPE INSTEAD
The book states: “Contrary to what happens in Barcelona, the Brazilian does not generate consensus in Madrid. Florentino Pérez always thinks in reality in Mbappé, like PSG, so a sale of Bale to Paris could eventually satisfy everyone, in a three-pool billiard game if the Neymar operation collapsed.”
Unfortunately for Madrid, PSG snapped up both Neymar and Mbappe leaving them very much empty-handed.
Serves them right for rejecting such an incredible offer from Liverpool, to be fair.
Of course, the reliability of this new book can be questioned but it’s on sale on Amazon for €19.95.