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Vickery discusses ‘sad’ Coutinho’s Barcelona struggles

South American football expert Tim Vickery has suggested that Philippe Coutinho is at a ‘crossroads’ in his career, adding that the player ‘looks sad’ at Barcelona.

12 months ago, Coutinho ended months of speculation by making the mega-money move from Liverpool to Barcelona, becoming the Premier League’s biggest ever export at a £106m, with the deal potentially rising to a whopping £142m depending on a number of clauses.

While the Brazilian had spent much of his career on Merseyside playing on the left wing, cutting in onto that deadly right foot, there were many reports that Coutinho was being bought by Barcelona to try and replace midfield legend Andres Iniesta.

However, a year on, and things don’t seem to have worked out to plan, with the 26-year-old only starting 10 of Barcelona’s 19 La Liga games this season, scoring just four goals, with some suggesting he could be looking for a way out of the Camp Nou.

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With the midfielder having been linked with a return to the Premier League, with Manchester United said to be interested, Tim Vickery has offered his thoughts on Coutinho’s current situation in Spain.

“A year ago it looked like a disaster for Liverpool and great news for Barcelona. It hasn’t worked out that way at all,” Vickery told talkSport’s Trans Euro Express.

“Philippe Coutinho now as a player and maybe as a person is kind of at a crossroads.

“I didn’t really understand the idea behind Barcelona buying him as an Iniesta replacement, because I don’t see him as a genuine midfielder.

“Now Barcelona seem to have abandoned the idea of playing him in midfield.

“He looks sad. You’ve got to remember that Liverpool bought him (from the) bargain basement for a reason – he really hadn’t done in European football before he went to Liverpool, and he hadn’t really done it for Brazil.”

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