Philippe Coutinho rules out Liverpool return and has no regrets over £142m Barcelona transfer
Feb. 12, 2020
Philippe Coutinho has ruled out making a stunning return to Liverpool in the summer, and has insisted he has no regrets about leaving Anfield despite his failed Barcelona move.
The Brazilian ace has been linked with an emotional move back to Merseyside , with reports claiming Jurgen Klopp has looked into the possibility of bringing him back.
Coutinho left Liverpool in January 2018 in a £142million move to Barca – one of the biggest transfers of all time.
But it didn’t work out for the playmaker at the Nou Camp, and after a frustrating 18 months he sealed a loan move to Bayern Munich where he has since recovered his form, scoring seven goals and providing eight assists this term.
His long-term future is uncertain, and recent reports have claimed Barcelona are willing to cut their losses and accept as little as £77m for the 27-year-old in the summer – nearly half the transfer fee they paid a little over two years ago.
But while that has sparked rumours of a potential return to Liverpool, Coutinho claims he has no intention of going back.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated , he said: “I don’t look back. I took another path, and now I am on another journey, much like everyone else.
“I’m focused entirely – just like them – on reaching my dreams. I’m happy with what I did in the past, and now I can only look forward.”
Since leaving Anfield, Coutinho has watched Liverpool win the Champions League – beating his Barcelona side in the semi-final – and march towards their first Premier League title in 30 years.
However, the ex-Red insists he has nothing but positive feelings towards his old club and their success in his absence.
“Liverpool is flying, and it doesn’t surprise me,” he added.
“We’ve seen it already last year when they won the Champions League, but I’m also not surprised because of their fantastic squad and manager.
“I am so happy for them, because I have so many friends there, former team-mates – so I’m just so happy for them. But that’s all.”
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