Great Britain

Philippe Coutinho refuses to rule out Liverpool transfer return as Barcelona star admits he is ‘grateful’ for old club

PHILIPPE COUTINHO has refused to rule out a return move to Liverpool.

The midfielder, 28, left Anfield in 2018 after Barcelona signed him for £142 million.

Coutinho endured a miserable start to his Barcelona career before he was shipped out on loan to Bayern Munich.

He has rediscovered his form this season under the watchful eye of Ronald Koeman.

But the Brazilian is reportedly stalling over signing a new contract with the LaLiga club.

And the 28-year-old has admitted it is 'impossible' to say where his future in football lies.

Speaking to the magazine World Soccer: "The Premier League is one of the most exciting leagues in the world.

"To have the chance to play for a team like Liverpool will always be something I feel grateful for.

"It's impossible to say what could happen in the future or not.

"But right now my only objective is to have success with Barcelona."

Arsenal have also been heavily linked with a move for the 63-cap Brazil international.

Koeman has managed to bring out the best of Coutinho after he reshuffled his formation.

Coutinho looks noticeably bigger than last season after he piled on nine pounds of muscle while away on loan.

Philippe Coutinho's stats at Barcelona

Coutinho looks buff as he trains at home

Football news:

Pep on 2nd place: City fell behind Liverpool and then won a few matches. Now I'll have a glass of wine
Man City are even closer to reclaiming the Premier League title. Stones about 4:0 with Crystal Palace
Man City won 9 out of 10 matches and conceded 1 goal with a pair of Stones - Dias defenders
Jordan Henderson: If it wasn't for the referee's whistle, Mane would have gone one-on-one. Very strange
Memphis Depay: Me and Auar want to go to one of the top three clubs in the world
Stones scored the 3rd double of his career. One for the 2018 World Cup
Griezmann scored 6 (3+3) points in the last 4 games for Barca