Aston Villa welcomed the Brazilian talented midfielder Coutinho where he is reunited with his former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard. Though now Gerrard will be the manager. People who follow the EPL have witnessed the magic of P. Coutinho. His days with Liverpool were quite amazing and saw him grow as a very good player. He has joined Villa on loan for the rest of the season with an option to buy for a fee of ￡33 million. Let’s look into the stats and achievements of Coutinho with clubs he has played for since joining Liverpool in 2013.
Philippe Coutinho started his Premier league journey in the middle of the 12-13 season. He was bought by Liverpool in the January transfer window from Inter Milan for ￡8.5 million. His half-season with the Reds was quite impressive as he contributed 3 goals and 5 assists. This showed why he was bought in the middle of the season and how he will help the team. He stayed with Liverpool for six years and was an important player in the midfield. He showed the ability to score goals from outside the box plus created attacking chances with the skill of going past the oppositions. This Brazilian player showed his worth when given the opportunity.
His best season with Liverpool came in 16-17. He helped the team by scoring 13 goals and providing 7 assists in the league. This helped Liverpool to get a place in the top 4 and qualify for the Champions League. In the coming season, he continued his top form with 7 goals and 6 assists in the first half of the season. In the winter transfer window, he was then bought by the Spanish giant FC Barcelona for a club’s record fee of €160 million. This made him the most expensive midfield player in 2018. Over his tenure with Liverpool, he scored 54 goals and made 43 assists.
Joining Barca on a five-year contract, in the second half of the season, everyone thought it would be difficult for him to settle. Coutinho then showed his worth and scored 8 goals with 5 assists in the second half. That season Barcelona won La Liga. He could not continue the same run in the next season. Many believed that the tag of being an expensive midfielder was too heavy for him. He was given a lot of opportunities by the club, he also started 22 games in the league. He managed to score only 5 goals in La Liga and 3 goals in the Champions League in the 18-19 season. Still, Barcelona managed to win the league.
In the 19-20 season, he was sent to Bayern Munich for a season-long loan deal. He performed well in Germany and was a part of the treble-winning team. He scored 11 goals throughout all competitions. He scored two goals against his Parent club Barca when both teams met in the Champions League. He returned to Barca after the loan spell. He was not a major part of the team and only scored 2 goals in the league. After a dry season and other players performing better than him, Coutinho did not get enough chances to get into the starting 11 of Barcelona.