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Why Liverpool would be right to splash out £35m to bring former misfit back

After leaving Liverpool in 2015, speculation has grown over a possible return to Anfield for Suso as the AC Milan star could be a Philippe Coutinho replacement.

The Brazilian playmaker has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona since the summer, and as also reported by The Mirror, Liverpool could now look toward Suso and meet his £35m release clause to bring him in as a potential replacement.

In an ideal world, Liverpool would probably want to keep Coutinho and see their star man continue to play a pivotal role in their progression under Jurgen Klopp, but ultimately it doesn’t seem as though Barca are going away any time soon.

As a result, a swoop for Suso would make a lot of sense, provided that he can be prised away from Milan where he has established himself as a key figure.

The Spaniard had a slow start in Italy, making just eight appearances for Milan in 12 months before securing a loan deal to Genoa in January 2016. Suso scored six goals in 19 appearances, and from that point onwards, he’s looked a different player.

He’s since scored 13 goals in 55 games for the Rossoneri while also racking up the assists as he has grown into a leading figure, especially since Vincenzo Montella took charge last year as he immediately placed his trust in Suso.

A recall to the Spain squad has since followed and at 23 years of age, Suso is demonstrating the ability that Liverpool spotted early on a consistent basis with a lot of room for improvement and development still to come.

Best used out on the right wing to allow him to cut in on his left, that may not work at Anfield given the effectiveness and importance of pace out wide for Klopp with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane impressing.

In turn, playing Suso through the middle in a more central role, not too dissimilar to Coutinho, could be the ideal addition to make him a perfect replacement for the Brazilian.

He’s shown glimpses of being able to play that role for Milan, and if Liverpool are in fact looking at bringing a familiar face back to the club, they’d be bringing back a completely different player almost three years on.

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