Coutinho gives honest assessment about his season at Barcelona

Date published: Tuesday 11th June 2019 12:16

Philippe Coutinho Barcelona

Former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has been honest about his struggles with Barcelona this season.

Coutinho left Anfield for the Camp Nou in January 2018 for £142million, but his transfer has not gone as the 26-year-old would have liked.

The Brazil attacker has struggled to get the Barcelona fans and media onside and managed just 11 goals and five assists last term, and after scoring against Man Utd in the Champions League at Old Trafford he gestured to fans by putting his fingers in his ears.

Asked about his first full campaign in Spain, Coutinho told Marca: “I have not had a good season. My performances have been a lot worse than I expected they would.

“The only way to improve and gain confidence is through hard work, and I have been working hard.”

Cadena SER reported last week that Coutinho had told the LaLiga champions he wanted to leave after just 18 months at the Camp Nou.


His underwhelming form has led to speculation that he could be on his way out of the Camp Nou this summer after only one campaign with Chelsea and Manchester United heavily linked.

While Spanish publication Sport last week claimed that PSG are the only club that can match the financial obligations of a deal for Coutinho with Barcelona demanding a fee of £98million and the player wanting £10.6million wages.

Philippe Coutinho Barcelona

However, Cadena SER claimed Barca value Coutinho at around €90million and suggest that even that fee will not have many teams interested.

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner speaking to the Liverpool Echo before Liverpool’s bid to win a sixth European Cup, claimed that Coutinho probably regrets his 2018 move to Spain.

He said: “I would just point to the story of Philippe Coutinho. I have only good things to say about Philippe. But I think he left Liverpool because he wanted to play for one of the two big Spanish clubs.

“We tried to convince him that we had the club moving in the right direction and that he could experience big Champions League occasions by staying at Liverpool.

“I think he probably regrets his decision.”

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