What Philippe Coutinho ‘will be thinking’ about Liverpool exit after agent transfer claim
Philippe Coutinho will be wondering why he ever left Liverpool, according to pundit Noel Whelan. The Brazilian left Anfield to pursue his childhood dream of playing for Barcelona but the move hasn’t worked out since his arrival in Catalonia.
Coutinho is currently on loan at Bayern Munich, who remain unlikely to exercise their £109million option to buy.
Barcelona are concerned that they will not find a buyer for Coutinho in the summer, particularly given the impact the coronavirus may have on the transfer market.
The player’s agent Kia Joorabchian recently talked up a potential return to the Premier League, putting the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United on red alert.
“The Premier League is something that he has always enjoyed playing in, and loved playing in, and would probably love to come back and play in,” he told Sky Sports.
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“The question is what are going to be the financial conditions of all the clubs, including Barcelona and all the Premier League clubs at the end of this pandemic.”
Coutinho has had to watch his former team-mate reach two Champions League finals since his exit and they are now on the brink of winning the Premier League title.
Whelan can’t help but think that the attacking midfielder will feel like he’s made a mistake leaving Liverpool.
“Of course, he will regret leaving,” Whelan told Football Insider.
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“He will be sitting thinking, “What the hell have I done?” But at the time it was good for both
“I am not a fan of bringing people back into clubs soon after they have left. It is a difficult one.
“Coutinho had a great spell at Liverpool. He is an unbelievable player who they sold for an unbelievable amount of money which allowed them to invest in areas.
“They have done better without him. It has not worked out for him at all at Barcelona.
“Liverpool have won the Champions League and are about to win the Premier League.”
Klopp claimed last summer that Liverpool do not have the financial might to bring Coutinho back to Anfield.
Yet that is more than likely just a smokescreen for his stance against re-signing players.
He has now set a precedent with Coutinho that once you leave Liverpool the grass isn’t always greener.
Coutinho has also admitted that the ship back to Liverpool has now sailed but he could soon be lining up for another Premier League rival.
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