Liverpool legend Phil Thompson says he would welcome Philippe Coutinho back at Liverpool “in a heartbeat.”

The Brazilian has been the subject of mockery and jeering from Barcelona fans of late, especially in the wake of the La Liga champions’ Champions League exit against Liverpool.

And Thompson thinks Jurgen Klopp should look to bring the 26-year-old back to Anfield in the summer, as long as Barcelona are willing to do business.

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“I would take him back in a heartbeat, but it would have to be now,” Thompson said.

“You don’t want to leave it another 12 months, I think he still has the ability.

“He’s suffered at Barcelona. We’ve seen him playing out wide on the left, but he’s not Neymar.

“He likes to be in the middle where he can pull strings and is getting on the ball to hurt teams.

“He doesn’t do that and he’s not a left-winger and that’s where he’s playing at Barcelona; they don’t love him like Liverpool loved him.”

He added: “He was that little bit clever, that creativity behind those front three that you could go to in games where you knew you were going to have the majority of the possession.

“He could open that door, he could score the goals that would get you the win.

“I would have him back, I don’t know about the football club, but he is the one with that ability.

“Knowing our club, we’ve been very shrewd, maybe there’s a buy-back clause in there for maybe less than half what we sold him.”

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