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Philippe Coutinho faces huge pay cut as FSG plan could rekindle Liverpool connection

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Philippe Coutinho may have to take a huge wage drop to secure a return to Vasco Da Gama. The ex-Liverpool favorite came through the ranks at the Brazilian club before making his name with Inter Milan.

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He left Anfield in 2018 in a blockbuster $180m (£142m/€166m) deal, hoping to etch his name into Barcelona folklore. In reality, that move never paid off and Coutinho is seeking a fifth club in six years since leaving Liverpool.

Coutinho, who spent last season on loan at Qatari side Al-Duhail, still has two years remaining on his deal with Aston Villa but is surplus to requirements under Unai Emery.

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A return to Vasco has now been mooted and Brazilian publication Globo Esporte claims Coutinho will meet with club officials to discuss a potential move this week. At the same time, his agent is set to meet with Villa in an attempt to terminate his contract, although a loan deal does seem likely at this stage.

Coutinho is believed to earn around $160k (£125k/€147k) per week at Villa Park but would reportedly have to take a reduction of 70 per cent in order to return to his boyhood club.

The 31-year-old insisted he did not regret his decision to leave Liverpool for Barcelona, despite the Reds going on to win the Champions League and Premier League in the years after his departure. He told Sport: "I would not change anything.

"It was always my dream to play for Barça and I went there, I enjoyed it, I was able to meet many people, win titles and it will always be in the story of my life."

Coutinho had been warned about the decision by Jurgen Klopp, whose prediction ultimately came true. "Stay here and they will end up building a statue in your honor. Go somewhere else...and you will be just another player. Here you can be something more," he said in 2017.

Interestingly, Liverpool could form links with Vasco. The Reds' FSG owners are on the lookout for another club to add to its sporting portfolio. Globo previously reported that Liverpool's owners had carried out checks on the Brazilian side.

Liverpool.com says: Despite what he may say, there is no denying that Coutinho's decision to leave Liverpool hasn't paid off. He is only 31 and could have still been part of the squad moving into the Arne Slot era this summer. He will hope he can get his career back on track in Brazil at where it all started.