Jordan Henderson’s verdict on Philippe Coutinho amid Brazilian’s Liverpool links

Jordan Henderson has lauded Philippe Coutinho amid speculation the Brazilian will return to Liverpool this summer.

The duo played alongside each other between 2013 and 2018 before Coutinho left Anfield for Barcelona in a £142million transfer.

But the 28-year-old has struggled since joining the Spanish giants and spent this season on loan with Bayern Munich.

Barcelona are willing to let go of Coutinho this summer and a host of Premier League clubs are interested, including Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Newcastle United.

But the midfielder favours a move back to Liverpool and is reportedly willing to take a pay cut to ensure the move goes ahead.

And amid the speculation of an Anfield reunion, Henderson has opened up on his admiration for his former teammate.

"[Coutinho is] So good as a player, technically," the Reds skipper told Rio Ferdinand on The Locker Room .

“Again just loved playing football, wanted to be out there enjoying playing football. Such a top player and a great lad as well.”

Henderson also praised Coutinho earlier this year and said he "would always be welcome" at Liverpool – but he played down the idea of an Anfield return for the Brazil international.

“Phil is a good friend of mine,” Henderson told Spanish publication Sport in February.

“I think he is an exceptional footballer, he has everything, he has a great attitude and he loves football. So, of course, for me he would always be welcome, but it is not up to me.

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“It is probably best to ask the manager that. The boys loved him, so if you ask any of them, I’m sure they’ll say they would love to have him back.

“But I think his time here has passed, he has moved and I hope that in the near future we will see the same Phil we saw here.”

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