You will struggle to find someone who crashed from hero to villain quicker than former Liverpool man Philippe Coutinho.
Coutinho may have been a fan favourite, dazzling Anfield with his exceptional skills, technical trickery and awe-inspiring long-shots, but fans perceptions soon soured when they learnt that the man they had been nurturing for six years was so utterly desperate to leave he paid his own money to force through a January 2018 move (as per The Times).
Philippe Coutinho played 201 games and scored 54 goals for Liverpool before he thought himself qualified to make the step up into the pen with the big boys, and they get no bigger than Lionel Messi’s FC Barcelona.
Of course, the fee was great for the club but supporters were heartbroken after hearing news that their golden boy had left for Barcelona.
The Catalan giants handed over a mammoth £105 million (BBC Sport) to make the Brazilian whizz theirs last year – but how exactly has that worked out for little Philipe Coutinho?
Well, Liverpool fans may find some morbid satisfaction in the fact that Coutinho’s fairy-tale has turned into a nightmare.
The third most expensive player in the world behind Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe and Neymar has been reduced to cameo appearances stumbling behind the experienced Arturo Vidal and electric Ousmane Dembele in the pecking order.
So what might he be thinking? Well, we imagine quite a large portion of regret is circulating its way around his body like a stodgy meal anchoring him dowun as he waddles his way to the bench every weekend.
Coutinho has been linked with a shock move back to the Premier League with Manchester United among the favourites to secure his signature (as per Mirror). If the Brazilian’s stock was not low enough already, a move to Old Trafford would just about relegate him into an inescapable pile alongside some of the most despised people in Merseyside.
Liverpool are also mentioned, but we cannot help but wonder how little fans want him back after his treachery last year.
Why would they? It is not like they actually need him anymore; Sadio Mane is doing a remarkably good job on the wing, overtaking Salah as their moment important player in his current form, providing something Coutinho evidently could not: commitment and loyalty. A proud club like Liverpool has no place for someone who took it upon themselves to snake out in such shockingly ungrateful fashion.
A return is unlikely, however, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague (as per Mirror).
Liverpool fans, would you take Coutinho back? Let us know in the comments below…
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