Carragher’s U-turn on Coutinho that caused Bellingham chain reaction

Philippe Coutinho secured his return to the Premier League with Aston Villa as he teamed up with former Liverpool star Steven Gerrard on loan until the end of the season

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Jamie Carragher has given his seal of approval for Liverpool to sign Jude Bellingham as he backed his former club’s decision to stay away from Philippe Coutinho.

The Barcelona playmaker secured his return to the Premier League with Aston Villa as he teamed up with Steven Gerrard on loan until the end of the season.

Coutinho has been heavily linked with a reunion at Liverpool ever since it became apparent that Barca were looking to offload the Brazilian.

But it appears that Jurgen Klopp was not interested in re-signing the midfielder as the Anfield club sets their sights on Jude Bellingham.

And it’s a plan that former Liverpool hero Carragher is firmly behind as he took part in a Twitter Q&A.

Philippe Coutinho has joined Aston Villa on loan


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Asked if Liverpool should have made a move for Coutinho, the Sky Sports pundit swiftly responded, “No!”

Carragher was equally assured that Borussia Dortmund rising star Bellingham should be Liverpool’s priority in the summer.

Asked what player or position Liverpool should sign this window, he replied “Jude Bellingham & the summer window is fine for me!”

Carragher’s stance on Coutinho has completed changed since the summer of 2019 as the former defender was all for the forward making a return to Anfield.

He told the Liverpool Echo : “I wouldn’t say I would be actively going to get him, but if there was a possibility of bringing Coutinho back for decent money, and Barca wanted to cut their losses a little bit because it hasn’t worked out, then I’d do that.

“We lack that player in the squad. We have it in Lallana and Shaqiri but this is a different level of player.

“It’s one thing Man City have on us, they have Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and we don’t have that type of player.

“We have great midfield players who are all very similar.

“We could add something a little bit different but that would only be if it was a really good price for us.

“Would he be welcomed back? I’m not sure. But he should be. I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t be.

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“I know he got a little bit of stick when he came back because he wanted to move, but Alonso wanted to move to Real Madrid, Suarez wanted to move to Barcelona, and we still loved them when they went.

“Sometimes we pick and choose who we love when they leave.

“Nobody forced any player to go to Real Madrid or Barcelona, Mascherano is another one.

“Suarez only got stick when he came back because of his antics in the first game (against Liverpool), if he hadn’t done that then he’d be adored when he came back.

“What’s the difference between him and Coutinho?”

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