Phil Coutinho admits he regrets leaving Liverpool for Barcelona. His career has floundered since his dream move to the Camp Nou.
If you’ve only followed recently started following football, you’d be forgiven for not knowing that Barcelona’s Phil Coutinho was once a hero at Anfield. At a time when Liverpool were hardly the force they are now, he was easily their best player on the pitch.
He would eventually swap Liverpool for the Catalan side in pursuit of European glory in the January of 2018. However, Jurgen Klopp did everything in his power to keep hold of his star player.
The German famously told the Brazilian that if he stayed at Merseyside, he would go down as a legend for whom a statue would be built while at Barcelona, he would be just another player.
Coutinho would go ahead with the move regardless and in the time since, Klopp’s words have come true.
Phil Coutinho admits he regrets leaving Liverpool for Barcelona
At Barcelona, he has merely become a shadow of the player he once was. Played out of position and in a system that did not fit him, Coutinho floundered. He would eventually receive boos from his own fans.
Ironically, he was part of the same Barcelona side that lost the Champions League semi-final to Liverpool despite leading 3-0 by the end of the first leg. That Liverpool side would go on to bag yet another European title. Coutinho on the other hand, has since been sent out on loan to Bayern Munich.
Coutinho has now revealed to his closest friends that he regrets leaving Liverpool according to the Mirror who claim that the Brazilian has admitted that the best time of his career was when he was a Liverpool player.
The same publication reports that four Premier League sides are in pursuit for his signature. Albeit, neither of them is looking to purchase him permanently but only want him in on loan.
Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United are the clubs interested in him.
Barcelona are clearly looking at life beyond their record transfer. Bayern on the other hand, are not to keen to make their loan deal permanent. However, Coutinho could still have one more shot at a league he knows like the back of his hands to revive his career.
However, the decision to leave in the first place, is one he will probably always look back in regret.
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