Emmanuel Petit: Coutinho must regret Barcelona move now

It hasn't gone to plan, has it?


If I was Philippe Coutinho, every morning I would wake up and think to myself, ‘Why, why, did I sign fro Barcelona?

I can remember the time when I’d wake up when I was at Barcelona and had left Arsenal, and I was thinking the same way; ‘Why did I leave? Why did I leave? Why did I leave?

Coutinho must ask himself the same question for a while now. He left for Bayern Munich, he does sometimes play well but he’s not really a first-team player.

7 Dec 2000: Emmanuel Petit of Barcelona defends a free-kick during the UEFA Cup 3rd round 2nd leg match against Club Brugge played at the Nou Camp, in Barcelona, Spain. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. Mandatory Credit: Phil Cole /Allsport

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I’m pretty sure returning to England would work out for him. He fits perfectly with the Premier League. He’s got the vision, the technique, the speed, he can strike, he has the creativity.

We all know what he is capable of.

I was a big fan of his when he was at Liverpool. I would be very, very happy to see him back in the Premier League.

He won’t go back to Liverpool though. When I was at Barcelona, they wanted me back at Arsenal, and it was tempting – I was close to returning to Arsenal.

But at the end of the day, I was thinking ‘Emmanuel, you need to be honest with yourself. If you left a year ago it was for a reason.’

If Coutinho is honest with himself, since he left Liverpool they have won the Champions League and they’re on the way to winning the Premier League. Liverpool haven’t needed him, so why would he go back to Liverpool?

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