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Philippe Coutinho came very close to joining a different Premier League club in 2012

The Liverpool playmaker has become the Reds' main man since arriving at Anfield in January 2013

Philippe Coutinho is Liverpool’s main main.

Even despite his attempts to complete a dream move to Barcelona in the summer, once Jurgen Klopp manages to reintegrate the Brazilian magician into his attacking set up the Reds will become even more lethal.


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Coutinho is Liverpool's brains

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Coutinho is Liverpool’s brains

The statistics don’t lie after all, with Coutinho finishing last season as Liverpool’s top scorer despite missing nearly two months with ankle ligament damage.

But his career nearly panned out very differently before his £8m move to Anfield from Inter Milan in January 2013.

That’s because former Southampton chief executive Nicola Cortese has revealed, in an interview with talkSPORT, he had actually agreed a €12m deal to sign the prodigious talent in 2012.

Coutinho was a relatively unknown quantity at Inter

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Coutinho was a relatively unknown quantity at Inter

Coutinho was regarded as a bit of a mercurial entity and a luxury player during his time in Italy, showing flashes of brilliance without any real consistency.

But that didn’t stop Southampton who were drawn to his raw talent and tried to add him to their squad for their first season back in the Premier League in 2012/13.

For one reason or another the move didn’t materialise and Coutinho went to Espanyol on loan before Liverpool took a gamble on him.

Coutinho should come back into the Liverpool fold against Sevilla

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Coutinho should come back into the Liverpool fold against Sevilla

That gamble, indisputably when you consider the size of the fee, paid off emphatically.

Of course, given recent transfer history, Coutinho moving to Southampton instead would probably have increased his chances of eventually joining Liverpool…

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