Danny Mills claimed it would be “very difficult” for Philippe Coutinho to return to Liverpool this summer despite his “exceptional” ability.  

The former Leeds United full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted the 27-year-old will not regret leaving the Reds to join Barcelona two years ago.

Coutinho is believed to be available this summer having failed to impress on loan at Bayern Munich this season.

The Brazil international joined La Liga giants Barcelona for £142million in January 2018 after five years at Anfield.

Mills does not believe the Brazilian will have any regrets despite Jurgen Klopp’s side enjoying considerable success in his absence.

“He is an exceptionally talented player,” he told Football Insider.

“It is very difficult to go back and be as good. He has been there, tried it and moved on. I would suggest they will be looking at somebody else.

“If you get the opportunity to play for Barcelona you take it. I do not think he will look back and think it was the wrong decision. You make the right decision at that moment in time. Some turn out to be brilliant decisions and some turn out to be bad decisions but you cannot live with any regrets.

“It worked for him at Liverpool and we will have to wait and see what comes next.” 

In Coutinho’s absence the Reds have won the Champions League and are also in pole position to win a first top-flight title for 30 years.

According to The Mirror, Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United have all enquired about the availability of the playmaker this summer.

A move to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this summer would likely rile many on Merseyside.

In other Liverpool news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider Michael Edwards has listed attacker for bargain price this summer.