Whether it's genuine or a prime example of why this time of the year is called silly season, Liverpool fans are worried about one transfer rumour.
According to Mundo Deportivo in Spain, Manchester United have asked about none other than Philippe Coutinho, who left Liverpool 12 months ago to join Barcelona in a £142 million transfer [The Guardian].
Fast forward a year and things haven't really gone to plan for the Brazilian magician, who has failed to make Ernesto Valverde's first XI for Barca's last four league games.
And now the Red Devils, Liverpool's bitter rivals, are reportedly keen after asking his agent about Coutinho's situation.
The 26-year-old's departure caused quite a bit of bad blood, but many fans of the Anfield club remain fond of the former Inter Milan star for a memorable five-year stint on Merseyside, though any amicability will fly out the window if Coutinho does indeed join United.
Here's how some Liverpool fans reacted to the rumour:
@Phil_Coutinho should come back to #Anfield he was great before he left,Rushie left for a year an came back even better,imagine getting Coutinho back for the peak of his career #LFC @LFC Just don't u dare join the mancs!!!!— Jon Brown (@Jonnybravo20) January 12, 2019
Well said. Being a snake is one thing but playing for utd is being a traitor.— steven bailey (@stevieB110) January 12, 2019
All this talk about Coutinho being unhappy at Barca and all, he made his decision to leave and pushed it at all costs even faking an injury. Would I take him back? No. But if he goes to United I would be fuming. Grass isn't always greener ay.. #LFC #Coutinho— Soph (@SophieONeill_x) January 12, 2019
Coutinho at Barcelona, sad that. Ahhhh well, maybe his back is actually sore. Let’s be frank, moving to United would hardly make him anymore loathed or indifferent. Like all the rest who left, he found out it wasn’t what was best #LFC #YNWA #Barca #Coutinho— Aidan (@redaidan31) January 12, 2019
@LFC words cannot be shortened enough to express my deep fury at the possibility of @Phil_Coutinho going to United! surely to get him back it’s £90mil for us? As they only paid £100mil odd up front. @John_W_Henry please bring him back, it’s a league winning move. #YNWA— Ian Parker (@ianleeparker) January 12, 2019
I am a fan of Coutinho regardless of the past..but if he joins the mancs i am a fan no more and he will be destroyed by Liverpool Fans.— Ceekay Schofield (@CeekayLFC) January 12, 2019
What's the deal with Coutinho rumours to utd?! He wouldn't go to the red scum would he?— C (@stoptalkingBS89) January 12, 2019
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Coutinho, whose contract expires in 2023, has netted six goals in 24 games across all competitions for the Spanish giants this season.
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