Liverpool were never interested in bringing former Anfield favourite Philippe Coutinho back to the club this summer, according to reports.

Coutinho left the Reds for Barcelona in a £148million move in January 2018 but failed to live up the expectations at the Nou Camp and was deemed surplus to requirements by manager Ernesto Valverde.

Indeed, the Brazilian sealed a season-long loan switch to Bayern Munich on Monday - the Germans will pay a £8m loan fee and cover his £250,000-a-week wages, while also having the option to make the deal permanent for £110m.

But before making his Bundesliga move, Coutinho was linked with a return to the Premier League and there were even reports that Liverpool were keeping tabs on his situation.

Philippe Coutinho has joined Bayern Munich on loan for the season
 

However The Athletic has claimed that Liverpool quickly decided that they didn't want to re-sign their former star man.

The main reason was the finances, as it would have cost Liverpool in excess of £21m in wages and loan fees to secure the midfielder's services for the season.

And Coutinho was by no means guaranteed to start under Jurgen Klopp, with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino forming a deadly attack following Coutinho's departure.

Coutinho starred under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool before joining Barca
 

It is also claimed that Klopp is hopeful that Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can kick on this season and replicate the form Coutinho showed before he made the move to Spain.

Coutinho, meanwhile, has spoken of his desire to live up to expectations after moving from Barcelona to Bayern Munich on loan for the 2019-20 season in a deal that includes an option to buy.

The 27-year-old Brazil playmaker passed his medical with Bayern on Sunday before putting pen to paper on his loan contract, and following the deal being confirmed, was then unveiled at a press conference on Monday afternoon.

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He has been given the No.10 shirt previously worn by Arjen Robben, who retired during the summer.

And Coutinho was quoted on his new club's official website as saying at Monday's press conference: "The jersey of Bayern and the number 10 is a big responsibility.

"It belonged to Robben, he was a great reference in football. I hope to be able to confirm expectations with good football on the pitch."