Brazillian star, Philippe Coutinho hopes he has more to offer Barcelona but is not ready to shed any light on his future beyond this season.
The former Liverpool midfielder, who moved to Barcelona last January for £146m, scored in Wednesday’s 5-1 Champions League win over Lyon but has failed to establish himself in the starting XI.
He has been linked with a summer move back to the Premier League, with Liverpool’s fierce rivals Manchester United mentioned as a possible destination.
Too much Coutinho slander on here, so let me remind you of the real Philipe Coutinho. pic.twitter.com/VAFX3rxoxT— ً (@ClinicalTorress) March 9, 2019
“In the last few weeks, months even, I’ve not been playing well but I still want to improve,” Coutinho told Spanish TV station Movistar+ after the Lyon game.
“I came to Barcelona to give my best. I live for the moment. You never know what the future holds. “I am happy with my performance (against Lyon).”
Coutinho has started only 16 league games this season, scoring four goals, but has netted three times in the Copa del Rey – including a brace against Sevilla – while Wednesday’s goal was his second of the European campaign.
📌 FIM DE JOGO!— Dicionário Esportivo (@DCEsportivo) March 13, 2019
🇪🇸 Barcelona 5×1 Lyon 🇫🇷 | Gols: Lionel Messi (2x), Philipe Coutinho, Pique e Dembele | Tousart
📍 Barcelona classificado para as quartas de final!
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Coach Ernesto Valverde said at his post-match press conference: “It was an important game for him (Coutinho) as it was for everyone, our club and our team.
*New*🇧🇷🇪🇸| Philipe Coutinho had another disappointing outing against Rayo last night. Things just haven't worked out for the Brazilian at Barcelona. Mohammed Al Sabah attempts to throw some light on this issue concerning the Catalan giants.https://t.co/8w5T1peihM— El Arte Del Futbol (@elartedf) March 10, 2019
“I think he had a great game. It is true maybe this year he’s had some not great matches, but in some specific times he did well, he scored two goals against Sevilla.
Gol de Luis Suárez anotado por Philipe Coutinho. Gol para recuperar confianza, para rescatar al verdaderon little magician de Liverpool. La jugada del Pistolero es para verla 47194 veces. 🎩😍— Sólo Futbol Goles ◇♧ (@defutbolgol) March 13, 2019
Barcelona 2-0 Lyon#ChampionsLeague#BarçaOL #UCLpic.twitter.com/ywI0UZX8Rn
“So, we expect him to get more confidence in order to give us his best. We are happy for him.”
No one:— Jiménez Cartel🃏 (@Bearded_Caveman) March 12, 2019
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