The name Philipe Coutinho probably still leaves a bad taste in the mouths of Liverpool fans after his forced exit in 2018.
Inter Milan were in financial trouble; their prized assets were being sold far and wide, and a little-known Philipe Coutinho was one of those sacrificed to keep the club afloat.
“I’m feeling very happy, it’s a very important step in my career,” he told Liverpool’s Official website (via BBC Sport).
Given what we know now, what he probably should have said what that a move to Anfield was an important stepping stone in his career.
Alas, it was such a shame that a promising career at Anfield should end on such a bitter note. Not even the staunchest of fans who felt most betrayed by Coutinho’s snaking could have denied him of his performances in a red shirt.
For us, it is no surprise that the arrival of the Brazilian maestro coincided with Liverpool’s mini revival from the slumps of the previous seasons.
Performance after performance followed Coutinho – a player who no opposing fan wanted to see on the ball through fear of their team being struck with some form of South American wizardry.
Something we rarely associated with the nimble artistry of his play style was the absolute peach of a shot he had locked away in his Arsenal: the trademark cut inside from the left and curl anywhere into the right-hand side of the goal. A compilation worthy screamer every single time.
But, as we say, this has all been forgotten thanks to his conduct in 2018.
Refusal to play, questionable injuries and mumblings from agents are all trademark clues that a player wants to be moved on at the earliest opportunity – and Coutinho ticked every box.
Now at Barcelona following an earth shattering £142 million transfer (as per The Guardian) the former Liverpool man has rarely rediscovered the form that earned him such an obscene transfer, and has recently taken a more peripheral role in the squad following the emergence of Dembele. A subordinate role which is not likely to improve following the arrival of Frankie De Jong.
The Mirror have even gone as far to suggest that Coutinho could be returning to the Premier League with Liverpool’s bitter rivals Manchester United the most likely suitors.
What a story that would be.