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The struggle, rise and fall of £140m rated Brazilian Star and what he needs to do to save his career

Phillipe Coutinho is definitely one of the best players in the world who is becoming another victim of bad move from one Club to another.

The Brazilian star secured his dream transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona back in 2018, but two years forward his career is gradually going down and it will take something special to turn things around. 

Coutinho who was once tagged as potential Balon d'or candidate will be facing uncertain summer as Bayen Munich who took him on loan from Barcelona have shown no interest in making his move permanent. 

But where did thing go wrong for the skilful Brazilian star. 


Coutinho grew up in Rio’s northern Rocha district in Brazil and his talents set him apart from other young kids on the street. 

His skills got the attention scouts of Vasco da Gama, who invited him for a trial and later landed a deal with his boyhood club. 

At 15 Coutinho impressed at Vasco da Gama youth side and was tipped to be next Brazilian star. 


Coutinho was sold by Vasco Dama in 2008 to sign for Italian giants Inter Milan for a fee in the region of £3.7m, but was loaned back to the Vasco Da Gama to continued his development. 

He would later helped the club to secured promotion to the Brazilian top flight, before Inter recalled him in 2010. 

Upon his arrival at Inter, the club had just won the treble and the likes of Dejan Stankovic, Wesley Sneidjer, Suley Muntari were ahead of him in the pecking order, but then manager Rafael Benitez described him as the future of the club. 

However things changed quickly for Coutinho after Benitez was sacked in the same season, he struggled to get game time and was again sent on loan at Spanish LA Liga side Espanyol where he scored 5 goals in 16 appearances. 


After his impressive loan spell at Espanyol, Liverpool decided to spent £8.3m to bring him to the Premier league in 2013 and it proved to be the best period of his career. 

Coutinho flourished Under Brenda Rodgers, he became a fan favorite and was loved by the Kopite.

He spend five year at Anfield and scored 41 goals in 152 appearance to become Brazil's all time scorer in the premier league.


After Coutinho became became important player for Liverpool and Brazil national team, However, a flirtation with Barcelona and Real Madrid soured relations.

Barcelona were eager to replace Neymar and ageing Andrea Iniesta and they identified Coutinho as the right player. 

The Catalans came with an offer of £72m which was flatly rejected, but Coutinho's head was turned and would later submitted a transfer request to forced the move.

However after a lot of exchange between Liverpool and Barcelona, Coutinho later got his wish and was sold a year later for £142m.

Few months after his arrival at the club, Coutinho failed to impress and struggled to justify the club's faith and hefty investment in him.

He became anonymous in Barcelona's attack as Messi and Luis Suarez continued to shouldered the responsibility and it was clear that has not find Neymar replacement in him. 

The Catalan crowds let their frustration out and booed the him, he then failed to rediscover his confidence and was left on the bench for important games by the manager Ernesto Valverde 

While Coutinho was struggling to win over the Barcelona faithfuls, Liverpool was waxing stronger and they played in the UEFA champions league final, the following the season the Jugen Klopp's eliminated Barcelona in spectacular fashion at Anfield, with Coutinho becoming one of the scapegoat. 

Liverpool went on to win the champion league and Coutinho became an outcast with almost every fans wanted him to leave. 

"We tried to convince him that we had the club moving in the right direction and that he could experience great nights in the Champions League if he stayed in Liverpool.

"(Coutinho) lost a lot of support for the manner in which he forced through a move to Barcelona."Liverpool chairman Tom Werner revealed.

After a return of 21 goals in 75 games, he was shipped out on loan at Bayen Munich. 


Bayern Munich decided to took gamble on him by taken him on loan from Barcelona with the option to buy for €120m a year later. 

Bayern had just lost Frank Ribery and Adjen Robben with Coutinho expected to play a prominent role in the new attack. 

Coutinho failed to live up to expectations once again and after just 8 goals in 22 games, Bayern's hierarchy decided not to exercise their option to buy the Brazilian forward. 


Apparently he longer have a future at Barcelona and has been linked with a return to the premier. 

Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United are said to be interested in his services, but at 27 Coutinho is left with just one move to save his career and can't afford to make another wrong move. 

A move back to the Premier league is definitely an ideal one for him because it's the league he understands so well, but his future is still hanging in the air as clubs might find it difficult to mee Barcelona's valuation.

It is very sad how things has turned out for the Anfield crown prince and we can only hope he sort his future quickly and find a club that will believe in him again.

If you are to advise Coutinho about his next move, where do you think he will flourish again, Chelsea, Arsenal or Manchester United. 

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