The move of Philip Countinho to Barcelona in the year 2018 had not panned out like it was being hoped. His move to Camp Nou made him Liverpool for fulfilling a dream that he harbored since childhood. Countinho was taken as the apparent heir to Andres Iniesta.
Nevertheless, irrespective of Blaugrana having won successive La Liga titles, Coutinho had been having trouble adjusting to the plans of Ernesto Valverde. Hence, the tone that moved away from this summer with the question how he was going to fit into the team in Catalunya in 2019-20 rather than where he is going to ply his trade.
With the English transfer deadline rolling out, Coutinho had been linked to Arsenal, Liverpool, and Tottenham. However, no return to Premier League was forthcoming. All had been put off by the demand of Barcelona for a big loan fee.
There have been rumors during summer that Coutinho is being used as a significant part of a happening deal for bringing in Neymar to Camp Nou. The French side has been uninterested.
As Bayern Munich is struggling at the beginning of the campaign, loss to Borussia Dortmund and the draw to Hertha Berlin in Bundesliga and injured Leroy Sane, the heavyweights of Germany have stepped in. Coutinho has agreed to and also completed his switch to Bavaria. This suits all the parties.
At present, Bayern Munich is lacking creativity. Javi Martinez, Thiago, Leon Goretzka, and Corentin Tolisso are great players but none of them possesses the capability to win the match. The dynamic ability of Coutinho to make changes for himself and other players is going to add a new dimension to the attack of the team which had otherwise been one dimensional and also over-reliant on the crosses from the flanks.