Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool & Barcelona
On January 6, 2018, Philippe Coutinho completed his long-protracted move from Liverpool to Barcelona.
Barcelona paid a hefty sum – £142 million – to bring Coutinho to the Camp Nou from Anfield.
At the time, many Liverpool fans were concerned that selling Coutinho was sign of how Liverpool couldn’t compete at the top level.
A year on, of course, Liverpool are four points clear of Man City in the Premier League.
And how has Coutinho’s first year in Barcelona gone?
Marca have put together a report card and this weekend, and the underlying conclusion is that Coutinho has “underwhelmed”.
Coutinho’s first year at Barcelona
These days Coutinho can’t even get into Barcelona’s starting XI.
Ousmane Dembele is back in favour. The French international plays alongside Leo Messi and Luis Suarez.
Coutinho has been given opportunities to play in Barca’s midfield.
However Ernesto Valverde has preferred to start with Arturo Vidal, Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic in the middle of the park.
‘The year of Coutinho’
It’s been pretty underwhelming.
Marca with a nice statistical summary below. pic.twitter.com/lOmWRbQtoo
— Brendy Boyle (@BrendyBoyle) January 6, 2019
So where has that left Coutinho? Marca believe the Brazilian needs to do more:
It is logical to expect a lot from Coutinho given the amount paid and perhaps he has underwhelmed to an extent, however he is still only 26 years old and he has proven that he can decide matches; it is just the inconsistency that has differentiated him from other superstar players.
In his first twelve months, Coutinho has played 44 games for the Catalans.
He’s scored 15 goals and chipped in with 10 assists.
Coutinho averages just over one shot per game.
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— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 6, 2019
📅 1 Year Ago Today:
🏟 44 Games
⚽️ 15 Goals
🎯 10 Assists
🏆 La Liga
🏆 Copa Del Rey
🏆 Supercopa de España
🔮 ‘The Little Magician’ pic.twitter.com/hdMnEHA0So
— SPORF (@Sporf) January 6, 2019