If you listened to Kia Joorabchian closely, you could say he issued as good as a 'come-and-get me'-plea as Philippe Coutinho possibly could give to his old club.

"I think Liverpool lies very, very deeply in his heart," said the super agent.

"He was a big fan of them throughout the campaign (last season)."

Interesting. Don't forget, the Brazilian watched his former club become Kings of Europe at the expense of his current team Barcelona , who were dispatched along the way on THAT incredible night at Anfield back in May.

That famous buzz on Merseyside and the eventual sight of Jurgen Klopp's men lifting their sixth Champions League in Madrid would have been all Coutinho needed to remind him that the grass is not always greener.

Add to that Liverpool's best ever Premier League finish (albeit second to Manchester City but what would have won them the title in all but two other top-flight campaigns dating back to 1993), Coutinho may well have wondered what might have been had he have stayed with the Reds.

Coutinho took a gamble when he left Liverpool but appears keen to return

Instead he took a gamble on his "dream" at Barcelona - and one few would hold against him.

The lure of rubbing shoulders with the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Co was far too great.

In hindsight (that old, wonderful thing), the 27-year-old forward may have been wiser to listen to Klopp's sage advice.

Before joining Barcelona in the world's second most expensive transfer back in January 2018, the German warned the £147million man: "Stay here and they will end up building a statue in your honour...

“Go somewhere else, to Barcelona, to Bayern Munich, to Real Madrid , and you will be just another player.

"Here you can be something more.”

Coutinho has struggled at Barcelona and has been linked with a summer exit

On Monday, Barca paraded their latest big money signing in France World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann.

And although Coutinho managed to keep hold of his coveted No.7 shirt, the message was clear: his position is well and truly under threat at Camp Nou.

Other competition doesn’t fall short with the likes of Messi, Suarez and Ousmane Dembele to contend with for a starting place.

One viral post joked that Barca could start with all five up front. And while you would not put that past the Catalan giants, it's clear Coutinho has his work cut out.

Last season, he was subjected to jeers from some sections of the Barcelona fan base.

He struggled in comparison to his brilliance at Liverpool.

Coutinho has failed to match his Liverpool magic in Barcelona colours

Last season, Coutinho only managed only five goals in 35 La Liga matches; in his last season as a Liverpool player he managed 13 goals in 31 outings.

"Like all big players at some point, you want to experience a different thing in your career because your career is very short,” Joorabchian added in his chat with talkSPORT last weekend.

Another admission, perhaps, that the Brazilian's decision to leave has so far backfired.

So, what next: Manchester United ? Almost certainly, absolutely not.

Joorabchian added: "It would be very difficult for Phillipe to play for any of Liverpool’s rivals, because he has such a great affinity towards Liverpool.

"His time there was fantastic."

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It was fantastic. And there will undoubtedly be Liverpool fans who believe that with Coutinho their team can knock Pep Guardiola and City off their perch this season.

But there will be some who, as they voiced at Anfield during that Champions League semi-final second leg, that not all is quite yet forgiven.

With the transfer window closing on August 8, time is running out - and Klopp, arguably quite rightly, seems content with what he already has at his disposal given the pre-season brilliance of Rhian Brewster and Harry Wilson.

For Coutinho, his Barcelona "dream" is in danger of becoming a nightmare.

And if Man United is genuinely out of the question, then a move back to Liverpool really would be his only saving grace.

Maybe it is time for him to ramp up the charm offensive.