Liverpool were DESPERATE to keep hold of Philippe Coutinho from the clutches of Barcelona over the summer.
The Spanish giants saw multiple bids for the Brazilian rejected by the Reds, who has begrudgingly stayed at Anfield (for the time being at least).
But according to BILD, Liverpool would’ve happily carted off the Brazil international to Camp Nou as long as they managed to bring in Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller as a replacement.
Reports in Germany have claimed Muller was Jurgen Klopp’s first and only choice to replace Coutinho.
But unsurprisingly, Bayern rejected Liverpool’s approach for the 28-year-old, which in turn meant Liverpool refused to sell Coutinho to Barca.
Looks like Muller was the ol’ spanner in the works for Barca.
The ‘Coutinho saga’ dominated the final days of the summer transfer window last month, with the Catalan giants offering up to €120 million (£106m) for him.
Many of us thought the Reds were crazy to turn down the mega-offer, but BILD have claimed the bid would’ve been gratefully accepted had Bayern been willing to sell Muller, with the Reds prepared to reinvest up to €100m (£88m) of Coutinho’s fee to land him.
Meanwhile, Muller isn’t enjoying a particularly great start to the new season.
His place in the club’s starting line-up is seemingly under threat at the moment, with rumours of conflict between the 28-year-old and manager Carlo Ancelotti this season.
The Italian seemingly prefers summer signing James Rodriguez over Muller in the free role behind Robert Lewandowski in recent games.
So, a move to Liverpool in January?