Philippe Coutinho's agent says his client has Liverpool 'very deep in his heart'

Philippe Coutinho looks on during a training session of the Brazilian national football team at the squad's Granja Comary training complex on May 29, 2019 in Teresopolis, Brazil.

The Brazilian left Liverpool in January of last year.

Coutinho in action during the week 8 of La Liga match between Valencia CF and FC Barcelona at Mestalla Stadium in Valencia, Spain on October 7, 2018.

Philippe Coutinho's agent Kia Joorabchian spoke exclusively to Sky Sports today, and suggested that the Brazilian still has Liverpool in his heart.

The comments might fall on deaf ears to Reds fans, however, after the 27-year-old angled for a move away from Anfield 18 months ago, before eventually joining Barca for £142 million.

Coutinho, who earns £240,000 per week according to ESPN, has struggled at the Camp Nou, however, and a return to Merseyside has been reported earlier this summer.

 

Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo claimed just a few days ago that Jurgen Klopp is willing to forgive the play-maker, and re-sign him for Liverpool.

ESPN, meanwhile, claims that Barcelona could sell him for upwards of £90 million.

Coutinho's agent Kia Joorabchian told Sky Sports that the La Liga outfit's chiefs have told him that the Brazil international is going nowhere, however, although he did admit that the player himself still loves the Merseyside club:

Philippe Coutinho of FC Barcelona during the La Liga Santander  match between Espanyol v FC Barcelona at the RCDE Stadium on December 8, 2018 in Cornella Spain

"We had a meeting last week with the president [Josep] Bartomeu and other directors, and they told us he was absolutely not for sale. I think Liverpool lies very, very deeply in his heart. He was a big fan of them throughout the campaign. He was wishing for them to win the title and he has a very strong affinity there so I think it will be very difficult for him to go to a direct competitor of Liverpool from a personal standpoint."

Liverpool have been just fine without Coutinho since he left 18 months ago, and it could actually be argued that Jurgen Klopp's side are a better all around team now.

On his day, however, he is still one of the best attacking play-makers in world football all, and it might just be hard for the Reds to turn down the opportunity of signing him, if they are offered his services.

According to his agent though, that doesn't seem as though it will be the case, for this summer at least.

Brazil's Philippe Coutinho and Bolivia's Leonel Morales vie for the ball during their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match, in La Paz on October 5, 2017.

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