It seems like a long time ago when Philippe Coutinho was the main man at Liverpool and the player that stood out above the rest at the club.
The Brazilian wizard, who joined the club from Inter Milan for a reported fee of £8.5 million, was once the Reds best player and the difference maker in the team. Coutinho’s playmaking quality and ability to score goals and get the best out of attacking players made him indispensable in the team.
Coutinho was also one of the more under-appreciated players in Liverpool’s 2013/14 season that saw Brendan Rodgers’ team come within touching distance of winning the Premier League title, where the former number 10 scored five and assisted seven in 33 league appearances for the club in that campaign.
But it was after the departure of Luis Suarez when fans realised how important Coutinho was for the team. The former Inter midfielder took up the mantle as the talisman of Liverpool and became the attacking focal point for the club in the absence of the Uruguayan striker.
Although Coutinho was now seen as the main man at Liverpool, it didn’t take until the 2016/17 season for the attacking midfielder to truly show the league and the world what he was capable of when the Brazilian scored 13 goals and assisted seven in a campaign that saw the Reds return to the Champions League.
It was to be Coutinho’s final full season on Merseyside, though, as after another blistering start to the season that saw the number 10 hit seven goals and six assists in 14 appearances, Barcelona came calling, and they came in hard.
Heading to a club as big as Barcelona seemed to be written in the stars for Coutinho, and when the Catalan giants lodged a bid worth a reported £142 million for the Brazilian, Liverpool were left with no choice but to allow their star man to leave.
Since the blockbuster transfer, it’s been two different stories for both parties.
Liverpool have since gone on to challenge for the Premier League title and secure their second consecutive Champions League final, whereas Coutinho is reportedly ready to leave Barcelona already after just one and a half seasons in Spain after backlash from fans.
Liverpool fans, was selling Coutinho the right thing to do? Let us know!
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