14 Mar 2019, 10:22 IST
Philippe Coutinho admitted his future might lie away from Barcelona after starring and scoring in a 5-1 victory over Lyon within the Champions League final 16.
Coutinho doubled the lead on Wednesday after Lionel Messi opened the scoring at Camp Nou as Barca reached the quarter-finals following a scoreless first leg away to Lyon final month.
The Brazilian playmaker completed a slick transfer involving compatriot Arthur and former Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez simply after the half-hour mark, as Messi’s double and targets from Gerard Pique and substitute Ousmane Dembele clinched a convincing victory.
Coutinho has struggled for kind and consistency since his €142million arrival from Liverpool in January final 12 months, prompting hypothesis of a transfer away and a return to the Premier League.
THERE’S THE WHISTLE! Barça blow the doorways off Lyon within the second half to qualify for the @ChampionsLeague quarterfinals!
Messi (x2), Coutinho, Piqué and Dembélé / Tousart
MATCH CENTER: https://t.co/645jQXtkJY
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 13, 2019
The Brazil worldwide admitted his kind has been under his personal expectations as he refused to rule out an exit from the LaLiga champions.
“In the previous few weeks, months even, I’ve not been enjoying nicely however I nonetheless wish to enhance,” Coutinho mentioned in quotes through The Mirror and The Metro.
“I got here to Barcelona to offer my greatest. I dwell for the second. You by no means know what the longer term holds. I’m pleased with my efficiency in the present day.”
Coutinho has scored 9 targets in all competitions this season – 4 of these coming in LaLiga for the league leaders.
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