Liverpool reportedly turned down the chance to sign former player Coutinho from Barcelona. The Brazilian has now joined Aston Villa on a six-month loan deal.
Coutinho was eager to leave Barcelona and return to the Premier League however there was a small chance that he could have been reunited with his former club.
According to Sky Sports, Liverpool did not have much interest but there was a slim chance that Coutinho could have played for them. The report also states that Coutinho would have been very happy to play for Klopp but unfortunately they did not pursue the deal.
Will Liverpool regret not signing Philippe Coutinho?
Barcelona signed Coutinho from Liverpool for £160 million. The Brazilian has faced many injuries but his demise is exaggerated a lot whereas he is still an exceptional player. He has indeed failed to live up to his price tag with the Spanish outfit but he has still performed.
Ex-manager and legendary player of the club, Ronald Koeman chose to not play Coutinho often. He only played 700 minutes under him and in those matches he has 3 goals and 2 assists.
When Coutinho was sent on loan to Bayern Munich, he scored 9 goals and had 12 assists for the Bavarians.
One important aspect about Coutinho is that he has tons of Premier League experience and he has excelled with Liverpool. He had amassed 100 G/A in 240 games for the Scousers. As per an average p90, he has 0.63 goals or assists per game.
Leaving behind his impressive statistics, Coutinho was a magical player for them. The Brazilian had excellent dribbling abilities and could take on players easily. His impressive curve shots have been his trademark ability.
Even if he can perform up to half of his potential, Coutinho will be a great asset for Steven Gerrard. Liverpool will likely regret not signing their former midfield maestro, Coutinho.
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