Philippe Coutinho says he does NOT regret leaving Liverpool for Barcelona, even after his failed £145m move, as he hails boss Steven Gerrard after their reunion at Aston Villa
- Philippe Coutinho says he doesn’t regret leaving Liverpool for Barcelona
- The 29-year-old Brazil international failed to live up to expectations in Catalonia
- Coutinho is delighted to have joined ex-teammate Steven Gerrard
Philippe Coutinho says he has no regrets over his move from Liverpool to Barcelona but is delighted after linking up with former Aston Villa team-mate and manager Steven Gerrard.
The 29-year-old spent five years on Merseyside with the Reds, before sealing a move to Barcelona in January 2018 in a £142m deal.
Despite a brilliant start at the Nou Camp, he eventually struggled to hold onto his place in the starting XI and was later loaned out to Bayern Munich.
Philippe Coutinho says he has no regrets leaving Liverpool for Barcelona in January 2018
The 29-year-old Brazilian returned to the Premier League by joining Aston Villa last month
During his time with the Catalan giants, Coutinho made 106 appearances before leaving for Aston Villa on loan last month.
When asked if he regretted leaving Liverpool, Coutinho replied ESPN:
‘No. At times we have to make decisions, and one of my big dreams was to play for Barcelona.
“At that time I decided to make this decision, but always with great affection, respect and gratitude for Liverpool and for the friendships over the years I have spent at the club.
“At that time, I had a decision to make and I don’t regret it.
Coutinho returned to England in January to join former Liverpool team-mate Gerrard, who was appointed Villa boss in November.
The Brazil international claimed it was an honor after their reunion in the West Midlands.
“I’ve always admired him a lot. For me, it was an honor to have played with him,” Coutinho said.
Coutinho delighted after meeting with Villa boss and former team-mate Steven Gerrard
The duo played together at Liverpool and Coutinho even went on to say that Gerrard was his ‘idol’.
“Now that he is a coach, with the experience he has, the training has been solid and demanding.
“He has big ambitions, I’m happy to be here and I hope to fulfill what he expects by helping our team achieve our goals.
“For me, it was an honor to be part of his playing career, and now, as a coach, I feel even more honored.
“I’ve always had this relationship of admiration and respect. I would love to have this opportunity to work with him again. He is a guy who is very open to all players and who has a lot of influence in the group.