|Desc||Perhaps the best example of a player helping Liverpool move from the start-of-decade misery to the joy we see now, Coutinho played 152 league games for the club after joining from Inter in January 2013. The tally sees him comfortably edge out current Reds Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum for the final midfield spot, with both of them down on 120. Coutinho managed to contribute 41 league goals in that time, including a career-high 13 in the 2016-17 campaign as Liverpool finished fourth|
|Org||Brazil National Team|
|Club as Player||Barcelona FC|
2016 12 03 Retrieve
[Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho believes The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2016 final three should comprise of Lionel Messi, Neymar or Luis Suarez] My top three players in the world are the MSN trio. Obviously there are others, at Real Madrid too, like Cristiano Ronaldo. But those three complete each other. One is fast, the other is skilful and then there is the top scorer. So they really complete each other
2017 02 04 Retrieve
[Philippe Coutinho speaks on signing a new contract at Anfield] I have signed because the mana
2018 01 13 Retrieve
[Philippe Coutinho writes a farewell message to Liverpool supporters after completing his transfer to Barcelona] I leave Liverpool because Barcelona is a dream for me. Liverpool was a dream that I was fortunate enough to realise and I have given five years of my life to it. A career on the pitch only lasts for so long and to play for Barcelona as well as Liverpool is something I want to experience and enjoy while I am blessed enough to be able to do so. I hope the supporters understand that choosing to experience something new is not about diminishing their importance to me or the club’s importance. Nothing will ever diminish that in my heartger is a winner and everyone believes in him. I believe in what he does, and everyone inside the dressing room believes he will take this team to titles – that is why I signed a new contract and that is what we want to do
2018 02 10 Retrieve
[Philippe Coutinho on playing for Barcelona] It’s an incredible feeling when you look across the dressing room and see Andres, Leo, Luis and Sergio Busquets, and everyone else. They are players I used to watch on TV or play with on PlayStation and now I am sharing the same dressing room, it’s incredible for me
2019 06 24 Retrieve
[Philippe Coutinho considers Neymar to be a ‘superstar’ and would welcome the opportunity to potentially play alongside a Brazil international team-mate at Barcelona] To play with Neymar is incredible, he is a superstar. I don’t know what will happen, but it’s always a source of happiness to speak about playing with him. He’s a player of another dimension and very important to any team he’s on. Nobody can deny his qualities and his massive talent, and we all know that. Right now, we don’t know what will happen but people are saying a lot of things. He’s part of the group and he has been with the group but we haven’t talked about this.
[He said of the links to Neymar] Of course I would like it. He is a great player. It’s not only me, it’s everyone. The more great players next to each other, the better
2019 06 25 Retrieve
[Barcelona attacker Philippe Coutinho does not know what the future holds amid speculation over a Camp Nou exit] I have a contract with Barcelona, it was always my will to succeed in this club, but now I am totally concentrated here [with Brazil] and about the future [with Barca] we do not know what will happen. Many things that come out in the media are simply not true but as for my future we do not know what is going to happen, that is the truth.
Honestly, it wasn’t a good season. It didn’t produce what I wanted, it didn’t go as I hoped. But I hope it serves me as an example, as a lesson so that I want more, concentrate even more to be able to succeed. Here with the national team there’s always the same responsibility: showing the right commitment to be able to play. Whether a good or bad season it doesn’t change anything: the desire to win is always the same, or maybe even more so
[Neymar has been linked with a return to Barca after leaving the Spanish giants for PSG in a world-record €222m deal in 2017] It’s clear that the arrival of big names is always good for a squad that wants to win
: 2019 07 04 Philippe Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian says that the Barcelona midfielder will remain with the Spanish champions
: 2019 07 13 Barcelona must come clean with Philippe Coutinho over his future, according to his agent Kia Joorabchian, who claims the club have promised the Brazilian will remain at Camp Nou while secretly trying to include him in a deal for Neymar.
: 2019 07 15 Philippe Coutinho’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, has said the Barcelona attacker would not consider a move to any Premier League side other than Liverpool.
: 2019 07 16 PSG to demand €222m+ for Neymar & not interested in Philippe Coutinho or Ousmane Dembele swap deal
: 2019 08 07 Barcelona are asking for between €20 million and €30m from Tottenham to allow Philippe Coutinho to leave on a season-long loan deal.
: 2019 08 07b Barcelona seek Neymar loan deal with option to buy - but must offload Philippe Coutinho to Tottenham first. Sources have told Goal that Paris Saint-Germain are open to loaning Neymar to the Catalan side with an obligation to purchase outright next season
: 2019 08 08 President Florentino Perez is willing to enter negotiations with the Ligue 1 champions PSG and table an opening bid in excess of €100m, while Neymar would be offered a five-year contract with an annual salary of €25m per season. A possible return to Barcelona now looks to have collapsed, with Philippe Coutinho having rejected the opportunity to make a loan move to Tottenham
2019 08 13 Retrieve
[Bayern Munich remain interested in acquiring Philippe Coutinho in the current transfer window] There is interest from FC Bayern, but there is no agreement. That is all there is to say at the moment
2019 08 18 Retrieve
[After Philippe Coutinho scored against Manchester United in the Champions League, the Brazilian put his fingers to his ears, later claiming] I have always been someone who respects everybody. The truth is that this [celebration] was for the people to see that I have to block out the sound in order to focus on a match or on my job so that it won’t affect me
2019 08 22 Retrieve
[Philippe Coutinho’s move to Bayern Munich has disappointed Rivaldo. But Coutinho is looking forward to taking on a new challenge] For me, this move means a new challenge in a new country with one of the best clubs in Europe. I’m very much looking forward to that. Like FC Bayern, I have big ambitions and I’m convinced that I can achieve them together with my new team-mates
2019 08 24 Retrieve
[Bayern Munch new boy Philippe Coutinho has said his team-mate Robert Lewandowski is even more impressive in person than on television] He’s incredible, just world-class. It’s incredible, the way he trains. I’ve been here a week and watching him up close he’s so much better than you think on TV. He had a great game today, a great hat-trick and he deserves it.
2019 08 25 Retrieve
[Bayern stars already missing departed Renato Sanches] He’s a great guy and a great player. I trained with him for three days. We will certainly miss him, but I wish him good luck and only the best
2019 08 29 Retrieve
[Barcelona loanee Philippe Coutinho is certainly looking forward to working with Lewandowski, admitting that he has already been blown away by the 31-year-old’s quality and work ethic] He’s incredible, just world-class. It’s incredible, the way he trains. I’ve been here a week and watching him up close he’s so much better than you think on TV. He had a great game, a great hat-trick and he deserves it
2019 09 01 Retrieve
[Bayern Munich (6) vs (1) Mainz. Philippe Coutinho believes he can better at Bayern Munich after first Bundesliga start] There are a lot of good players, top players and great players [here]. I’m really happy to be here so that I can learn from them and get better
Concerning Barcelona, things didn’t work out the way we wanted. Within those years I did have great experiences. I learnt a lot, won a lot with that club and then we had the Copa America, which I won with Brazil and that was really important. Now I have a chance at a new club, a big club. I hope I’ll be here for a long time and win lots of titles
2019 09 01b Retrieve
[Union Berlin claimed the first Bundesliga victory in their history by seeing off Dortmund and Bayern midfielder Philippe Coutinho, handed his full debut in the 6-1 win against Mainz 05, believes that is a sign of the ruthless nature of the division] Dortmund are a great team. The Bundesliga is very competitive. We have to be prepared, as we are in every game. We are at the beginning of the championship and we have to add as many points as we can to fight for the title at the end
2019 09 08 Retrieve
[Coutinho himself is confident of improving as a player in Bayern Munich, as he hopes to thrive in a team full of strong players] There are a lot of good players, top players and great players [here]. I’m really happy to be here so that I can learn from them and get better
2019 09 11 Retrieve
[Philippe Coutinho has revealed his former manager Jurgen Klopp fully supported his summer move to Bayern Munich] He sent me a message and wished me good luck. He told me that Bayern is a big club and the Bundesliga is a great competition. He said he is very happy to see me there
[He remains a big admirer of Klopp saying] He is simply an amazing coach, one of the best in the world. He is a true leader. I learned so much from him, especially on a psychological level. He always finds the right words, both before the game and during the game, and he always manages to get you back on track with the next opponent. He changed Liverpool and made them really strong again. It was a big honour to work with him
2019 11 26 Retrieve
[Coutinho happy to play with Muller as Brazilian seeks to replay Bayern’s faith] I’ve always said I can play with Thomas. He’s a great player and someone who’s very important for Bayern. He’s got everything, talent and experience, which makes him an essential part of the team. I’ve got my strengths and he’s got his - the only thing that matters is combining them together for Bayern
I tried to repay his faith in me. At the moment the team is doing really well at implementing what the coach wants. Pressing without the ball is very important to him. We close the opposition down early and in a structured way, which causes them a lot of problems. We didn’t expect it to be so successful so quickly.
The changes Flick has made are mainly tactical. He places a lot of emphasis on compact, coordinated and, at times, high pressing so that the opposition can’t get into their game at all. Obviously it’s up to us players to execute that on the pitch, but from the very start, we understood what he wants from us and how he ticks, both on the pitch and in the changing room. That’s why things are going well and we’re all happy
[Coutinho has also paid homage to prolific Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski, with the Pole having taken his goal tally for 2019-20 to 23] The form he is in right now is incredible. At some point, a game had to come along in which he didn’t score - but reducing his performance to goals wouldn’t do him justice. I’m of the opinion that Lewy was incredibly important for our victory in Dusseldorf. He locks down the opposing lines of defence, runs as the first player back on defence and penetrates deep, which in possession immediately creates space for others
2019 12 14 Retrieve
[Coutinho offered a modest reflection on his hat-trick, with the Brazilian claiming that he was fortunate to see fortune favour him on the day] I always try to do my best. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. It was important to take the points to advance today. That’s what we want
2019 12 20 Retrieve
[Magician Coutinho passing Bayern Munich audition to show Barcelona what they’re missing] It’s planned that I stay a year here. I’m focusing on that time. I feel good here. If everything goes well, I really would like to stay
2020 02 11 Retrieve
[Coutinho insists he has no regrets over Anfield departure] Liverpool is flying, and it doesn’t surprise me. We’ve seen it already last year when they won the Champions League, but I’m also not surprised because of their fantastic squad and manager. I am so happy for them, because I have so many friends there, former team-mates, so I’m just so happy for them, but that’s all. I don’t look back. I took another path, and now I am on another journey, much like everyone else. I’m focused entirely - just like them - on reaching my dreams. I’m happy with what I did in the past, and now I can only look forward
[Bayern are now top of the Bundesliga. Coutinho is confident they can win the treble this season] Of course, we believe we can win it all. We work so hard for it. Just like you work for success at what you do, we equally work so hard. These are the best teams in the world after all, and the Champions League is very hard, but if you work hard, then anything can happen
2020 04 10 Retrieve
[Coutinho’s Arsenal-supporting agent Joorabchian won’t push Barcelona star towards Gunners] The truth I’m an Arsenal supporter isn’t a secret. I haven’t got any choice the place the gamers go. I do not attempt to push somebody to 1 membership or one other. Everything is a chance. The question is what are going to be the financial conditions of all the clubs, including Barcelona and all the Premier League clubs at the end of this pandemic
2020 05 24 Retrieve
[Coutinho is presently on the sidelines with an ankle injury, with his expected return slated for the beginning of June] I do not like to say, of course, that there is a lot of speculation. I’m concentrating on this season and will see what happens afterwards. I am very grateful to Leverkusen and I don’t want to mess it up in any way.
We’re happy about the win. We put it on ourselves to win here and we did that. We had to really give everything today and I think we deserved to win in the end