Philippe Coutinho left many Liverpool fans heartbroken when he turned his back on the club for his dream move to Barcelona in 2018.
At the time, the departure of Jurgen Klopp’s star man appeared to signal their Premier League title dream slipping further away.
Coutinho could not resist pointing that out after his exit as he pointed out his desire to “win big titles” as one of his motivations for heading to the Nou Camp.
“Everyone knows that I wanted to come to Barcelona. It wasn’t possible in the summer, but we worked so that it could be done in winter,” he told 8tv’s ‘Fora de Joc’ in February 2018.
“I really want to win big titles, it was one of the reasons that made me sign for the club. I want to win as many as I can.”
Two years on, those comments have been made to look rather foolish.
Coutinho has achieved his objectives by winning LaLiga with Barcelona and the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich.
But Liverpool have proved he could have reached those objectives and achieved even more if he stayed at Anfield.
The Brazilian has had to settle for a bit-part role in both league title triumphs whilst missing out on the chance to be a star man in Liverpool’s historic success.
There has also been a lack of Champions League glory for Coutinho, famously suffering a second leg collapse at Anfield last year as Jurgen Klopp’s side stormed towards the top prize.
Coutinho’s comments suggested he needed to leave Liverpool to guarantee trophies and win the biggest competitions.
Instead, Liverpool have proved they can do it all, winning the Champions League for a sixth time followed by a dominant Premier League title after 30 years of hurt, as well as becoming Club World Cup winners for the first time.
On top of that, Coutinho’s individual reputation has collapsed after two miserable seasons.
Asked about his Ballon d’Or chances after his Barcelona move, he told Sport: “It’s something all players want to win if they can, but I am thinking more about winning trophies, that’s what motivates me.
“The other stuff is a consequence of that, if you have a good season and win trophies. But what I’m motivated by now is winning with Barça.”
Instead, his days of winning trophies at Barcelona look to be over as he is set to be offloaded permanently this summer.
Meanwhile, back on Merseyside, the likes of Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane find themselves in the Ballon d’Or conversation with Premier League and Champions League medals in their possession.