News24.com | OPINION | Philippe Coutinho 2.0: Return of the English Premier League's prodigal son

Philippe Coutinho was the midfield magician at Liverpool before he wanted out of Anfield.His dream move to Barcelona, however, never quite reached the heights he would have wanted.But now he is back in the English Premier League, once again turning on the magic but this time for Aston Villa.There was a time five years ago…

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  • Philippe Coutinho was as soon as the midfield magician at Liverpool sooner than he wished out of Anfield.
  • His dream transfer to Barcelona, nonetheless, by no manner rather reached the heights he would bear wished.
  • However now he's support within the English Premier League, as soon as extra turning on the magic but this time for Aston Villa.

There was as soon as a time 5 years within the past that for these who requested a Liverpool fan who their favourite unique participant was as soon as, there was as soon as a extremely high likelihood that they'd reply Philippe Coutinho.

The little Brazilian wizard pulled the strings within the Reds midfield, and under Jurgen Klopp, the dormant vast of English soccer started to evoke from its slumber.

After which all of it changed.

Coutinho felt the pull of La Liga, and Barcelona, in instruct.

Or no longer it's came about sooner than to gamers from Latin The United States, and it indubitably will occur again.

Liverpool fans bear been astounded that staunch a 365 days after signing a brand new long-length of time take care of the Merseyside club, their playmaker, the fulcrum spherical which Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino excelled, wished to depart.

And did he ever.

Coutinho attach up reasonably of a display, alongside side a supposed support harm that kept him out of a pre-season game against Bayern Munich at the delivery of the 2017/18 season.

That "harm" saw him leave out the beginning of the English Premiership season as successfully.

Despite handing in a transfer attach a query to, Coutinho at remaining returned to the aspect, playing 20 video games, scoring 12 dreams, and registering nine assists.

Klopp famously advised Coutinho that if he stayed at Anfield, he would bear a statue outside the accepted floor in some unspecified time in the future.

However, that might presumably maybe well no longer sway him, and Liverpool granted him his wish.

In January, they provided him to Barcelona for a reported deal of spherical £105 million. 

Many Liverpool fans might presumably maybe well no longer judge that the club's leadership had agreed to let their simplest participant leave.

However they had a conception in build with the funds his sale generated.

Coutinho's sale funded the arrival of Virgil van Dyk from Southampton in that identical transfer window and Alison Becker at the delivery of the next season.

Even supposing Liverpool had lost their playmaker, the additions of Van Dyk and Alison indubitably introduced a stronger backbone to the group.

And everyone is conscious of how that turned out with a sixth European Cup, a Membership World Cup, and 19th league title the glittering prizes for Klopp's men within the seasons that adopted.

For Coutinho, nonetheless, the transfer to Barcelona was as soon as extra of a nightmare than the dream he wished.

Making an strive to attach himself in an aspect with Neymar, Luis Suarez, and a determined Lionel Messi was as soon as by no manner going to be easy.

From the neatly-known person at Liverpool, Coutinho in consequence of staunch one other participant at the Catalan giants. 

When he struggled to repeat his Liverpool discover, Coutinho was as soon as loaned to Bayern Munich for the 2019/2020 season.

Even supposing he did display flashes of his undoubted brilliance, Bayern, who had an option to employ Coutinho following the mortgage, opted against it. 

He returned to Barcelona yet peaceable struggled to discover an affect, even though Neymar had left the club. 

Basically, for the next two seasons, he simplest made 24 league appearances for the club and gradually sever a forlorn figure on the Barca bench.

Initially of 2022, 5 years after leaving Anfield, it seems as if Coutinho has at remaining turned the corner.

A stroke genius by Aston Villa supervisor, Steven Gerrard, a broken-down group-mate of Coutinho at Liverpool, introduced the Brazilian to Villa Park on a mortgage deal. 

That's straight away paid off with the Brazilian already registering two dreams and two assists in precisely three video games.

That included a sublime enlighten off the bench against an feeble foe, Manchester United, in his first game for the club, spicy Villa from 2-0 all of the fashion down to a 2-2 way. 

The short-paced action the Premier League items indubitably suits Coutinho's variety of play.

With the flexibility to employ a walk and a lethal ogle for unprejudiced, Steven Gerrard might presumably maybe moreover staunch bear made the signing of the season.

Coutinho clearly loves his time support in England, however the ask remains whether he ought to peaceable ever bear left.

I attain no longer doubt that it crosses his thoughts reasonably gradually. 

Upright imagine what might presumably maybe moreover bear been for the easy Brazilian if he had stayed at Liverpool.

Perhaps they'll bear already constructed his statue advance the Shankly Gates.

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