Philippe Coutinho should have stayed put at Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho is one of those players who shouldn’t have made any impulse move to a supposedly bigger club and stayed put where his talent and impact were being recognized and appreciated.

The Brazil international possesses proper quality and although it may not fit the criteria of his present club, he’s not a player that should be tossed out on loan to prove himself somewhere so he can get signed. He’s moved past that standard.

Maybe, that standard was the case in his early days at Inter Milan and Espanyol where his impact was questionable as he sought where he could establish himself as a mainstay in a team.

However, after his move to Liverpool, where he was trusted and allowed to flourish under the likes of Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp for close to six seasons, this shouldn’t be the case.

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The future of his career shouldn’t be uncertain as it is now at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Philippe Coutinho made his mark in the Premier League with his exciting style of play. The Brazilian attacking midfielder is known for his advanced playmaker role although he can be utilized as a second striker and a central midfielder in the number 8 role.

His attacking ability is top-notch alongside his intricate passing abilities and eye for an assist. His set-piece ability is brilliant and he can occasionally come up with those rifle shots from outside the 18-yard box.

The player was full of life and glamorous in his Liverpool days but this hasn’t been the case after forcing a move to Barcelona where he frequently cast a dejected and underwhelming figure before the loan move to Bayern where this has persisted.

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It was reported some months back that he would be returning to Barcelona as Bayern Munich were not keen to secure his services on a permanent deal after a season-long loan.

Meanwhile, at Barcelona, he has been considered a surplus to requirements and has been reportedly put on the transfer list for this summer.

This is not the ideal situation for a player of Coutinho’s caliber. Barcelona saw something in him that forced them to part with tens of millions to prise him away from Anfield’s grips. Recent reports state that Bayern are considering extending his loan deal.

Funny enough, this shouldn’t be the case for Coutinho. He needs to be at a club that believes in him as this is the only way he can get back to his best and offer quality in this peak period of his career.

Chelsea are reportedly interested in a permanent deal for him this summer according to reports. It’s a no-brainer that he’s needed at Stamford Bridge and will be offered the chance to return to his best.

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The present uncertainty surrounding his stay at Bayern Munich and Barcelona will only frustrate the player the more. The world of football needs a vibrant and active Coutinho, not a less expressive and sulking Coutino as we’ve have seen in recent seasons.

It’s obvious that the move to Barcelona was not the right one. Especially in a club where the pressure on star players is gargantuan.

We hope he seals a good permanent move this summer, albeit he’s one of those players who should have stayed put in his former club where he was thriving.