Coutinho’s private admission to friends proves Klopp was right all along

Philippe Coutinho had the world at his feet before an ambitious, but ultimately disastrous, transfer to Barcelona in 2018.

At the time the Brazilian was Liverpool's star attraction; Jurgen Klopp's golden boy. Coutinho was the first name on the Reds team-sheet, the focus of an ever-developing side that would just one year later win the Champions League.

But Barcelona had come calling. Coutinho's head was turned, and there was simply nothing Liverpool could do to convince him to remain at Anfield.

Coutinho got off to a good start at Barcelona, but it wasn't long before his performances started to wane, and other players were preferred to him both in central midfield and attacking wide positions.

The start of the 2019/20 campaign saw Coutinho shipped off on loan to Bayern Munich, with the Germans given the option of making the deal permanent at the end of the season.

But more below-par performances from Coutinho mean the Bundesliga club have no plans to stump up an extra £120million to sign the 27-year-old permanently – especially after already paying an £8m loan fee, and the Brazilian's £250,000-a-week wages in full.

Coutinho is facing a very uncertain summer transfer window.

Barcelona don't want him, Bayern don't want. A return to the Premier League is on the cards – after all, few clubs in few leagues can afford the Brazilian.

Manchester United are among the potential suitors, but Ed Woodward and co. aren't prepared to splash out in excess of £100m on Coutinho, especially as they're keen on landing Jadon Sancho for a similar fee.

Tottenham are also linked with the 27-year-old, but again, it is unlikely Daniel Levy is going to want to part with such a huge amount of cash.

A return to Liverpool appears to be the fairytale ending for Coutinho.

But, as reported by Mirror Sport, the Anfield club have zero interest in bringing the Brazilian back to Merseyside.

This is a huge blow for Coutinho, who had admitted to his friends that he made a big mistake in leaving Liverpool in the first place, and had dreams of lining up alongside compatriots Roberto Firmino (once more) and Alisson.

As touched on earlier, Coutinho was worshipped on Merseyside, and now appears to be nothing more than a small fish caught between two ponds.

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