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Philippe Coutinho considered for Premier League return with Liverpool on the cards

The mercurial Brazilian midfielder spent five years lighting up Merseyside with the ability to strike a lightning strike from a distance, but struggled to recreate that form at Barcelona

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Former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho has long been touted to move to a number of Premier League clubs just three years after his first departure from the league.

However, the latest outfit said to have at least some interest in overseeing the Brazilian’s return to the division might be the most shocking.

According to sport, Everton have held talks with Coutinho’s agent over a potential surprise return to Merseyside, although this time he would play his football across Stanley Park under the guidance of the former manager of the Reds Rafael Benitez.

While it may be serious to suggest Coutinho’s departure to Anfield was acrimonious, the Brazil international has cut ties with some Reds fans after the way his exit was handled.

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Philippe Coutinho seems close to an exit from FC Barcelona

Announced as a Barcelona player by Nike before Liverpool could confirm the deal had been made, Coutinho has also made it clear his desire to end the Reds’ career.

Things didn’t work out as expected at Camp Nou, with Coutinho struggling to recreate the kind of form that earned him such acclaim at Liverpool.

If he were to ply his trade at Goodison Park from January, he would play under another figure who has at least tainted his Liverpool legacy by working with Everton at Benitez.

Two former Liverpool greats now donning Everton’s blue would no doubt be an unwelcome sight for Kop loyalists regardless of the quality gap between the two sides.

The pair have worked together before, although their respective careers at Liverpool have never overlapped.

Benitez has had an unfortunate six-month stint at the helm of Inter Milan, during which he worked with a young Coutinho.

According to former Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli, Coutinho’s move to Anfield in 2013 might never have even happened without Benitez who has done his former team a favor.

“We didn’t even know he was that good – it was hard to watch him play because he never played for Inter,” Comolli said. ESPN.

Rafael Benitez and Philippe Coutinho only spent six months together at Inter Milan

“We knew about him, we knew he was good, but it wasn’t until Rafa said he was going to be world class. When someone like Rafa says something about a player like this, you listen.

“The hiring manager said he was the best we could get. But I got fired, then Kenny [Dalglish] was sacked. “

Piero Ausilo, Inter’s sporting director during the time of Benitez’s reign, said allowing Coutinho to leave was one of his “biggest regrets” during his two decades of working for the club.

Benitez can see bringing Coutinho to Everton as his chance to work properly with the midfielder, who was only 18 at the time of their last partnership with the Nerazzurri.

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