John Barnes is not convinced that a goalscoring midfielder is needed at Anfield.
Liverpool top the Premier League table but have failed to beat their opponents in their last three games, scoring just two goals. Liverpool have relied heavily on their strikers and it seems that Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah are not in good shape. Many believe that Coutinho's return to Anfield could solve the problem, but the former Liverpool legend believes that The Reds do not need Coutinho.
John Barnes told BonusCodeBets: “Well, when we had a Coutinho-type of player we finished 20-odd points off the top.
“So, although a Coutinho-type player may chip in with goals, which would create a completely different style of play, as a result the front three would score less.
“Personally, I don’t think it works with a midfield player scoring goals when the front three want to continue scoring the same level of goals as they’re used to as it’ll uproot the balance.
“And, Liverpool have managed to create a great balance and harmony amongst the players so I wouldn’t recommend to change that any time soon.
“If Coutinho came back, he would most likely be brilliant, but I don't think the front three would be scoring as many goals, nor would they have the same impact, which a team like Liverpool needs.
“At the end of the day, the balance is the most important thing for a team. And at the moment, the balance is perfect.”
He added on the battle for domestic supremacy: “Although this season is much more unpredictable than the previous one, Man City is most definitely Liverpool’s biggest threat.
“At the moment, Man Utd can go on top of us if they get a point, but I think over the season, and of course we're not even halfway yet, a lot can happen and I do think it’ll end up being Liverpool and Man City battling it out.
“Liverpool still terrify teams when they pour forward and they very much have got that winning mentality in mind.
“And if you go to the bookies, they're not going to tell you that Man Utd are favourites. They're going to say Liverpool and City are still the two favourites and, in my opinion, they very much are.”