Philippe Coutinho was Liverpool’s golden boy in 2018.
The Brazilian was the focal point of Jurgen Klopp’s emerging Reds side, and he had Barcelona banging the door down to sign him.
Liverpool did their best to fend off the Catalan giants in that summer window, with Coutinho starting the 2018/19 campaign a Red.
But Barcelona again came calling in January, and the lure of playing at the Camp Nou was too great for the midfielder to resist.
Again, Liverpool did their best to keep hold of the Brazilian, but eventually were forced to part company with him, making £142million in the process.
Two years on and Coutinho should be breathing down Lionel Messi’s neck to become Barcelona’s new focal point.
The 27-year-old should have a mantelpiece lined with trophies he had a big hand in helping Barcelona win, and he should be being considered for individual accolades.
But instead the Brazilian is on loan at Bayern Munich, and according to Bild, the Bundesliga giants have no intention of signing him permamently.
When Coutinho made the switch to Germany at the start of the season a buy-out clause was inserted in the deal.
Bayern Munich have no plans to trigger this, meaning Coutinho – who clearly hasn’t impressed in Germany – is back at square one when he returns to Barcelona at the end of the season.
The Catalan giants do have a new boss, and he may wish to take another look at the Brazilian.
But if he doesn’t, then Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian is facing a stressful summer in which he’ll have to find his client a new club.