Reflecting on his life in Barcelona, on-loan winger Philippe Coutinho has said he has no regrets over moving from Anfield to Camp Nou in 2018.
Speaking in an interview with ESPN, Coutinho opened up on several aspects of his career while also shedding light on why he switched clubs in the first place.
“At certain times we have to make decisions, and one of my big dreams was to play for Barcelona, and at that moment I decided to make that decision,” said the winger.
“I have great affection, respect and gratitude for Liverpool, but at that moment, I had a decision to make and I don’t regret it,” he added.
Coutinho arrived in Barcelona in 2018 amidst massive fanfare. However, the price tag he carried – €140 million – didn’t do any good for either the player or the Catalans. Despite the evident struggle, he managed to score 11 goals and five assists across all competitions in his first full season.
The Brazilian eventually lost his place in the starting XI and was loaned out to Bayern Munich ahead of the 2019-20 season.
The highlight of his Bayern career was scoring two goals and assisting one in an 8-2 routing of the Catalans in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final.
Since trading Anfield for Camp Nou, Countinho made 106 appearances for Barcelona across all competitions before moving to Aston Villa in January 2022 on loan for the rest of the season.
Joining forces with his old teammate and current Villa manager Steven Gerrard, the 29-year-old has rekindled his career by scoring two goals and assisting as many in five Premier League matches.
“It was my wish to return to play here in England and play in the Premier League once again,” he added.
Upon being asked how his relationship is with Gerrard, the winger said, “I always admired him a lot.”
“For me, it was an honour to have played with him. Now having him as a coach, with the experience he has, training has been strong and demanding.
“He has big ambitions, I’m happy to be here, and I hope to respond to what he expects by helping our team to achieve our goals.
“It was an honour to be part of his career as a player, and now, as a coach, I feel even more honoured,” concluded.
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