Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino share same problem with Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho's future is as uncertain now as it was at the end of last season.

Back then, the summer transfer window had just opened and it had become clear to everyone that the Brazilian was no longer considered the golden boy at Barcelona, despite the fact that 18 months earlier the club had paid out £142million for his services.

Coutinho was made available for loan by Barcelona, and two Premier League clubs were at the front of the queue to bring the midfielder in on a temporary basis.

The first of these was Liverpool.

The Reds were the side that Coutinho to Barcelona, and boss Jurgen Klopp has a brilliant working relationship with the 27-year-old.

Klopp held a meeting with Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards to discuss the possibility of bringing Coutinho back to Anfield.

But Barcelona wanted a staggering £8million loan fee to make the deal happen. The club also expected the Reds to pay Coutinho's £250,000-a-week wages in full.

Liverpool were unprepared to spend this sort of money on Coutinho, and just like that the deal was off the table.

Tottenham were the second Premier League side keen on completing a deal for Coutinho.

As reported by Mirror Sport, Daniel Levy was keen on making the transfer happen, and was prepared to stump up the cash to get it over the line.

Coutinho's agent Kia Joorabchian told Mirror Sport: "Philippe Coutinho has no personal issue with Daniel Levy and claims otherwise are totally false. The deal did not collapse due to financial reasons."

The reason the deal failed to materialise is because then Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino wasn't interested in signing the 27-year-old.

Pochettino is known for working with young players and turning them into world-beaters, rather than signing ready-made superstars.

It is because of this that signing Coutinho didn't appeal to him.

As mentioned at the very start, Coutinho is set to be in the same predicament this summer as he was in 2019 because Bayern Munich – where he ended up going out on loan – aren't prepared to make the switch permanent.

Liverpool and Tottenham are set to be linked with the midfielder as a result, and Spurs will likely be the favourites to sign him given new boss Jose Mourinho's preference for bringing in superstars.


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