The Brazilian registered a goal against Lyon and speaks on his future.
Philippe Coutinho’s career was expected to take a big step when he joined Barcelona a year ago. A year later it seems he has hit at rock bottom at Nou Camp. Coutinho has fallen behind the likes of Arturo Vidal and Arthur. World Cup winner Ousmane Dembele is also picked ahead of the Brazilian. He has been linked with a move to Old Trafford in summer. It seems a move in the summer is imminent for Coutinho. After Barcelona’ 5-1 victory over Lyon, Coutinho spoke about his future at Nou Camp amidst of Manchester United links.
Philippe Coutinho has admitted his future may lie away from Barcelona after starring and scoring in a 5-1 victory over Lyon in the Champions League last 16. The Brazil international playmaker has admitted that his form has been below his own expectations and conceded that he may be forced to move on. Coutinho doubled the lead on Wednesday after Lionel Messi opened the scoring at Camp Nou as Barca reached the quarter-finals following a scoreless first leg away to Lyon last month. The Brazilian playmaker finished a slick move involving compatriot Arthur and former Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez just after the half-hour mark, as Messi’s double and goals from Gerard Pique and substitute Ousmane Dembele clinched a resounding victory. Coutinho has struggled for form and consistency since his €142 million (£121m/$161m) arrival from Liverpool in January last year, prompting speculation of a move away and a return to the Premier League.
The Brazil international admitted his form has been below his own expectations as he refused to rule out an exit from the La Liga champions. Coutinho said, ” In the last few weeks, months even, I’ve not been playing well but I still want to improve. I came to Barcelona to give my best. I live for the moment. You never know what the future holds. I am happy with my performance today.” Coutinho has scored nine goals in all competitions this season – four of those coming in La Liga for the league leaders. After seeing his most recent come in European action, his performance was hailed by Ernesto Valverde. The Barcelona boss has struggled to bring the best out of a creative influence at times, but saw the 26-year-old impress as Lyon were swept aside with the minimum of fuss.
The only club smiling right now after Coutinho’s fall seems to be Liverpool. The Reds seems to have struck a sweet a year ago. However, Barcleona should have patience if they want the best out of Coutinho. Coutinho will shine if he’s given time and be allowed to play his game.