Despite being cast out by FC Barcelona and struggling for form with Bayern Munich, Philippe Coutinho has revealed why he has no regrets about leaving reigning European champions, Liverpool.
After spending five years with the Reds between 2013 and 2018, during which he scored 54 goals in 201 appearances, Coutinho departed the club to join Barcelona in a deal that could rise to €142 million (R2.2 billion).
The Brazil international enjoyed a strong start to life at the Camp Nou, but failed to kick on during the 2018/19 campaign, and is now fighting to regain form with Bundesliga giants Bayern, where he is spending the current season on loan.
Despite his recent struggles, however, Coutinho maintains that he has no regrets about leaving Liverpool, who reached two consecutive UEFA Champions League finals following his departure and who look set to claim a first league crown in 30 years.
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"Liverpool is flying, and it doesn't surprise me," the 27-year-old told Sports Illustrated.
"We've seen it already last year when (the club) won the Champions League, but I'm also not surprised because of their fantastic squad and manager.
"I am so happy for them, because I have so many friends there, former teammates, so I'm just so happy for them, but that's all.
"I don't look back. I took another path, and now I am on another journey, much like everyone else.
"I'm focused entirely – just like them – on reaching my dreams. I'm happy with what I did in the past, and now I can only look forward."
Soccer Laduma was recently present at a presentation and Q&A with Liverpool CEO Peter Moore, who revealed that Liverpool had to adapt following Coutinho's departure, with the team's entire style of play changing.
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