Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho admits it’s ‘impossible’ to rule out an emotional return to former club Liverpool one day as he says he’s ‘grateful’ for having the chance to play for the Premier League giants
- Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho was at Liverpool between 2013 and 2018
- The Brazilian has struggled at the Nou Camp, and spent last season in Germany
- Coutinho has enjoyed a return to the Barcelona first-team under Ronald Koeman
The Brazilian was a key fixture in the Liverpool squad during spell at the club between 2013 and 2018, where he was part of Brendan Rodgers’ side that went agonisingly close to winning the title in 2014, before starring under Jurgen Klopp, too.
He left for the Nou Camp for £145million in January 2018, but struggled for game time, and was even shipped out on loan last season to Bayern Munich – helping the Germans knock out his parent club in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Philippe Coutinho has refused to rule out a move back to England when he leaves Barcelona
With Ronald Koeman now installed as boss at Barcelona, Coutinho has enjoyed something of a renaissance, but has refused to rule out a permanent move away from Spain.
‘The Premier League is one of the most exciting leagues in the world,’ the forward told World Soccer magazine – as per Sport.es.
‘Having the opportunity to play for a team like Liverpool will always be something for which I will be grateful.
Coutinho spent four-and-a-half years Anfield where he played a key role under Jurgen Klopp
‘It is impossible to say what might or might not happen in the future. But right now my only goal is to be successful with Barcelona.’
Coutinho was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal during the summer, with reports suggesting talks were at an advanced stage at one point.
There were reports that the Brazilian had also approached Klopp to sound out the possibility of a return to Anfield, but that never came to fruition.