By Danny Wright
Brazilian legend Ronaldinho has claimed that Barcelona will “come back” for Liverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho after missing out on him in the summer transfer window.
It was widely reported that the La Liga giants had launched numerous bids for Coutinho, 25, after Neymar was sold to Paris Saint-Germain for a record-breaking £198million.
Although Liverpool made it clear that they wouldn’t sell the playmaker in the transfer window, Coutinho tried to force a move away from himself by handing in a transfer request to the club’s hierarchy.
Now that the window has shut, Coutinho remains a Liverpool player, however Ronaldinho has hinted that he shouldn’t be getting too comfortable on Merseyside as Barcelona will make another effort to land their man – which is news that fans of the club will hate to hear.
“He (Coutinho) made it clear that he wanted to join Barcelona this summer – he will be disappointed as it is a dream for players to want to play for Barcelona – but I am sure he will still get that chance,” said Ronaldinho, as quoted by the Mirror.
“They made it clear how much they wanted him and I am sure that they will come back for him.”
Coutinho is yet to play for Liverpool this season after picking up an apparent back injury, but he has featured for Brazil over the past couple of days, suggesting that he is fit and ready to play in Jurgen Klopp’s team when domestic football resumes this weekend.
The former Inter Milan star has also been included in the squad for the Champions League group stages, meaning that Klopp is likely to be intent on making use of him despite what happened in the summer.