At the point when Philippe Coutinho joined Liverpool in 2013, he was so delicately respected that his signing was eclipsed by the arrival of Daniel Sturridge at Anfield prior that month.
But after five years, Philippe Coutinho has turned out to be such a considerable power at Anfield, to the point that his departure will be grieved by Liverpool fans around the world if Barcelona completes their bid to secure the signing of the Reds star in a whopping transfer that could reportedly be worth up to 160 million euros ($192 million).
Coutinho was only 20 but then to fully harness his talents when Liverpool paid £8.5 million ($11.5 million) to bring him to the Premier League from Inter Milan, so maybe it was not amazing that beating Southampton to his signature couldn’t take the spotlight from the catch of the very evaluated Sturridge from Chelsea.
It didn’t take long for Coutinho to grab the stage in any case and, while Sturridge’s niggling injury career is in risk of turning into an untimely idea, the Brazilian is currently one of the game’s most coveted players as the Catalan giants edges closer.
Coutinho’s against-the-odds rise is a tribute to a persistent identity acquired from his affectionate common working family back home in the extreme Rocha locale of Rio de Janeiro.
Presently wedded to sweetheart Aine, Coutinho once stated: “My family is the foundation of everything in my life.”
He has needed that protective foundation to survive the slings and bolts of a career that may sparkle now, however for quite a long while was brimming with potential entanglements.
Having sharpened his natural gifts while playing futsal, the smaller indoor rendition of the game, with siblings Cristiano and Leandro, the modest Coutinho was offered a trial by Vasco da Gama.
However, Coutinho was so shy he clung to his dad while alternate youngsters warmed up.
“After a brief time and some inspiration, I was fine. When I really began to play, it was all typical and natural. I wasn’t shy any longer, I was enjoying it,” he reviewed.
The street was to get rougher for Coutinho, who was snubbed by Real Madrid when the Spanish giants left behind the opportunity to sign him from his Brazilian club for just £2.2 million in 2008.
Sense Of Duty Regarding His Art
At age 16 he moved to Inter, where then boss Rafael Benitez hailed him as “the future of Inter”.
That striking expectation was immediately overlooked as Coutinho found it hard to conform to life in Italy, with loan spells at Vasco and Espanyol giving all the more first-team openings but little to propose his future fame.
Luckily for Coutinho, Brendan Rodgers, at that point in charge at Liverpool, had detected his potential when he helped Brazil win the Under-20 World Cup.
Coutinho acknowledged the challenge of moving to England, where the excited and physical pace of play can once in a while overpower imported talents.
He hit the ground running and scored his first goal for Liverpool on his full debut in a 5-0 triumph over Swansea in February 2013.
It helped that Coutinho is teetotal and a dedicated Christian with no time for the London night-life shenanigans that have crashed the careers of such a significant number of his peers.
That sense of duty regarding his art fuelled Coutinho’s rising and he rapidly turned into an integral part of the Liverpool side that barely failed to end the club’s long hold up to win the title in the 2013-14 season.
When Liverpool’s star striker Luis Suarez was sold to Barcelona in 2014, it was Coutinho who took on the position of the team’s main thrust.
With 41 goals and endless assists in 152 class appearances for Liverpool, Coutinho was just as important to current manager Jurgen Klopp once he succeeded Rodgers.
Meanwhile, laurels have been elusive at Anfield and a longing for progress on the most stupendous stage made it inescapable that he would hand in a transfer request when Barcelona offered over £100 million to sign him in August a year ago.
Liverpool dismissed Barca’s methodologies at that point, but there has been no such revelation of expectation since the transfer talk warmed up again and the inclination develops that Coutinho will get his desire this time.