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Tom Werner says Philippe Coutinho 'probably regrets' leaving Liverpool

The Liverpool Echo report that Chairman Tom Werner says that Philippe Coutinho “probably regrets” joining Barcelona last season.

Werner says that Liverpool did all they could to persuade the Brazilian to stay at Anfield, but Coutinho opted to leave.

He’s since had a turbulent time at Barcelona, failing to make an impact and coming in for some heavy criticism.

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Werner said: “I have only good things to say about Philippe.

“But I think he left Liverpool because he wanted to play for one of the two big Spanish clubs.

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“We tried to convince him that we had the club moving in the right direction and that he could experience big Champions League occasions by staying at Liverpool.

“I think he probably regrets his decision.”

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Coutinho’s misery at the Nou Camp was compounded even further recently after their 4-0 humiliation at Anfield.

He was lambasted in the Spanish press, with some outlets giving him a zero out of 10 rating for his performance.

From flying high at Liverpool, being handed the captain’s armband on numerous occasions, it’s quite the comedown.

Coutinho was feared by opponents in the Premier League and adored by Liverpool fans for his regular match-winning performances.

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He formed a formidable quartet with Salah, Firmino and Mané, creating one of the world’s most feared attacks.

He had the chance to build himself an Anfield legacy, but has truly burned his bridge after forcing a move.

Liverpool have more than coped since his departure, but the question remains as to what could’ve been had he stayed.

Coutinho was on a steep upward curve of improvement, so there’s no telling how good he could’ve become for Klopp.

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Instead, his progression has halted, and he may have even taken a backward step at Barcelona.

He is living in the shadows of Messi and Suarez and has failed to fill the void left by Neymar.

Rumours remain rife about a potential departure from the Nou Camp, but will Liverpool offer Coutinho the olive branch?

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