‘Shows you’ – Brendan Rodgers explains why Philippe Coutinho struggled after leaving Liverpool
Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has given a reason why he thinks Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona hasn’t gone to plan.
Liverpool managed to bank £142million for the Brazilian playmaker when he signed for Barcelona in January 2018. The Reds used that money wisely to help build a side that would go on to be crowned champions of England , Europe and the world.
But Coutinho struggled at Barcelona and after a loan spell at Bayern Munich, where he won the Champions League, he is now back in the Premier League until the end of the season with Aston Villa.
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During his three months at Villa Park, the 29-year-old registered four goals and three assists in 13 appearances to his name. However, he has been without a goal contribution in his last five outings.
Rodgers was Liverpool manager when they signed Coutinho in 2013 from Inter Milan in an £8.5million deal. And the current Leicester City boss has explained why he thinks the Brazil international has struggled since leaving Anfield for good.
“I’m so happy to see him in the Premier League. When I took him to the Premier League, everyone questioned his physique,” Rodgers said. The mirror . “As a young player, I saw him at Inter to know he had the personality and the physique to cope.
“He came and was amazing for me at Liverpool. In my time he went on and made them an incredible amount of money. He went to a place that I thought was guaranteed for him to show his talent. But it also shows you that it is about [the] environment.
“Philippe was loved at Liverpool and was in a great environment, with the players, the club and the supporters. He was able to showcase those skills. Since he went to Barcelona it has never really happened for him there for one reason or another.
“I know he needs to feel love and to be in a place where he is given confidence. Just seeing him play again in the Premier League also adds to the environment.
“I think the Premier League is for him. He’s a more experienced player now and it’s just playing time for him. He’s got a special talent, always has been and still is. C he is a player who is at a world class level.
“Some of his actions that I’ve seen with Aston Villa and some of his deaths and the way he sees the game is unbelievable. He’s also a great guy. He has the ability to pass and can shoot with quality from 30 meters.