Jurgen Klopp has told Mikel Arteta how to unleash Philippe Coutinho after Arsenal transfer talks

The former Liverpool attacking midfielder has reportedly agreed personal terms with Arsenal, ahead of a potential loan move from Barcelona in the summer transfer window.

Jurgen Klopp has explained where he sees Philippe Coutinho ‘s best position on the pitch, amid speculation that the former Liverpool star has agreed personal terms with Arsenal.

The Barcelona attacking midfielder – who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich – is being tipped for a Premier League return during the summer transfer window.

Despite his performances in the Bundesliga this season, scoring eight goals and providing six assists in 28 appearances, the reigning champions of Germany have opted against signing the Brazil international permanently.

And according to Spanish publication Catalan Sport, the Gunners are set to swoop in having agreed personal terms with Coutinho.

The printed version of the publication has claimed that an agreement has been reached between the player and Arsenal, and now it’s just down to the Gunners agreeing a deal with Barcelona.

Whether that’s true remains to be seen, but Coutinho could be one step closer to a return to the Premier League and Gunners head coach Mikel Arteta has already been told how he could get the best from the 28-year-old.

“He played his favourite position ten with us relatively seldom, he can play a great eight and a really great left wing”, Reds boss Klopp told Kicker last August.

“Because he is “strong enough in small spaces, but also absolutely fast enough for large spaces.

“Since Alessandro del Piero, who fired the balls into the corner from similar positions, I have not seen anyone do the same thing in this one Frequency, pulling inward from the left in closing actions.”

Arteta has switched between 4-2-3-1 and 3-4-3 systems since being appointed Arsenal head coach, and both would suit Coutinho as he could play as a ’10’ or from the left-wing.

However, the Times claims the Gunners boss has targeted the former Liverpool star with the intention of switching to a 4-3-3 formation next season.

This would suggest Arteta’s plan is to use Coutinho as an ‘8’, potentially alongside Dani Ceballos and Thomas Partey in a midfield three behind the attacking trio.

With Willian is set to complete his free transfer to the Emirates Stadium from London rivals Chelsea, he could operate from the left, thus allowing captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to play in his centre-forward role.

Alternatively, Arteta could adopt a more fluid approach that allows both Coutinho and Willian to switch roles.