Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit believes that Phillipe Coutinho regrets leaving Liverpool for Barcelona in what he hoped would have been a dream move.
However, Coutinho has not been able to replicate the great performances he put in at Anfield and was farmed out on loan to Bayern Munich less than two years after joining.
Given Liverpool have only gone from strength to strength since letting him leave, Petit has claimed Coutinho must be wondering why he left in the first place.
“If I was Philippe Coutinho, every morning I would wake up and think to myself, ‘Why, why, did I sign [for Barcelona] in Spain?'” Petit told the Daily Mirror.
“And do you know why I say this? Because, I can remember the time when I’d wake up, when I was at Barcelona, when I left Arsenal, and I was thinking the same way, ‘Why did I leave? Why did I leave? Why did I leave?’
“And to be honest with you I am sure Coutinho has been asking 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.
“I’m pretty sure it would work out for him [returning to England]. 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. 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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