The Brazilian attacker has admitted he has performed below par since leaving English side Liverpool for Spanish champions Barcelona in 2018.
Eighteen months after his move to Spain to join Barcelona, the former Liverpool player has been a shadow of his former self. In that same period, the Reds have appeared in two consecutive UEFA Champions League finals winning the coveted trophy once.
Although he has shown glimpses of greatness in certain games such as the 3-0 thrashing of Manchester United at the quarter final stage of the UEFA Champions League, Philippe Coutinho has largely disappointed the Catalan faithfuls.
In a recent interview given to Spanish outlet Marca, the 26 year-old player admitted he has played poorly since his big money move to Spain saying, “I have not had a good season. My performances have been a lot worse than I expected they would. The only way to improve and gain confidence is through hard work, and I have been working hard.”
Liverpool fans will savour comments like this, especially now that they are the reigning champions of Europe.
Following a £150m deal that took Coutinho to Barca, the Reds ensured they invested the money in young and established players the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho.
Van Dijk who was crowned the best player in the recently concluded English Premier League season has also become a favourite for the Ballon d’Or.