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Philippe Coutinho’s Liverpool admission leaves door open to Premier League return


Philippe Coutinho

Coutinho’s journey

Coutinho left Liverpool for Barcelona in 2018 and the time between the sale and his slight renaissance under Ronald Koeman feels a considerable amount of time longer than the two-plus years which have passed.

The Brazilian’s arrival at the Nou Camp was positive. 7 goals and 6 assists in 18 La Liga games displayed the reasons why the Blaugrana had paid so much. However, things soured relatively quickly.

The following season, Coutinho’s first full Spanish campaign brought with it just 5 goals and and 2 assists in the league. Emphasis on Ousmane Dembele with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi was preferred and a more industrious midfield left Coutinho searching for minutes.

After several links to both Arsenal and Spurs, Coutinho left the Nou Camp on a loan deal to German champions Bayern Munich. A bit-part player in Bavaria, the end to his time with Hansi Flick’s side was where his stock again rose.

A beneficiary of the fitness training in Munich, Coutinho’s physicality and from picked up and he even scored against his parent club twice in the Champions League quarter final.

Since his return, Koeman has put renewed faith in the 28-year-old and despite Barca’s poor start to La Liga, Coutinho has continued to press on with his turnaround.

Liverpool return?

After the 4-0 victory over Osasuna, Coutinho spoke to Spanish media and teased a possible future return to Liverpool could be on the cards.

“The Premier League  is one of the most exciting leagues in the world,” Coutinho said.

“Having the opportunity to play for a team like Liverpool will always be something for which I will be grateful. It is impossible to say what might or might not happen in the future. But right now my only goal is to be successful with Barcelona.”

Coutinho scored in the win over the side which beat Barca 2-1 in the league last season as the Catalan club aim to chase down their rivals. Coutinho’s contract ends in 2023 after he signed a 5 year deal back in 2018 after his £142 million move.

Therefore any possible future sale before then would require a significant fee to steal him away from Catalonia.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Liverpool FC 10 5 21
2 Tottenham Hotspur FC 9 12 20
3 Chelsea FC 9 12 18
4 Leicester City FC 9 6 18
5 Southampton FC 10 3 17
6 Everton FC 10 2 16
7 Manchester United FC 9 0 16
8 Aston Villa FC 8 8 15
9 Manchester City FC 9 4 15
10 West Ham United FC 9 5 14
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 9 -1 14
12 Leeds United 10 -2 14
13 Newcastle United FC 10 -3 14
14 Arsenal FC 9 -1 13
15 Crystal Palace FC 10 -3 13
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 10 -2 10
17 West Bromwich Albion 10 -11 6
18 Burnley FC 9 -13 5
19 Fulham FC 9 -9 4
20 Sheffield United FC 10 -12 1
Player Team Goals
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 10
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 9
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 8
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 8
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 7
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 7
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 7
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 6
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 5
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 5
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 5
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 4
Ward-Prowse, James Southampton FC 4
Werner, Timo Chelsea FC 4
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 4
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 4
Jimenez, Raul Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 4
Rodriguez, James Everton FC 3



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