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Philippe Coutinho: Little wizard, big diva, Jürgen Klopp's sweetheart

FC Bayern lends Philippe Coutinho from FC Barcelona. We explain Brazilian football, why he can also be a diva and why Jürgen Klopp once advised him against FC Bayern.

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They gave him a loving nickname at Liverpool FC: "little wizard". There on Merseyside, Brazil's Coutinho (1.71 meters) had their best time between 2013 and 2018.

"Stay here and they will build a monument for you, go to Barcelona, ​​to the Bavaria or to Real Madrid, and you will be just one player among many, "said LFC coach Jürgen Klopp's then protégé after the 201

6/17 season.

Coutinho: second best transfer to Neymar

But half a year later, the left wing, which scored 54 goals in 201 competition games for Liverpool, changed to even bigger FC Barcelona, ​​for a coveted transfer of € 145 million.

He then rose to the second most expensive transfer ever, after compatriot Neymar, who had left the Catalans for astronomical € 222 million towards PSG.

So now Coutinho, born in Rio de Janeiro Filigrankicker, comes to Bavaria and comes, according to the Chairman of the Board Karl-Heinz Rummenigge "on Sunday, Monday, in Munich expected". He will sign a one-year loan agreement – plus a buy option from Bavaria.

Great relief at Bavaria

The relief of the record master is formally evident, following a transfer of favorite candidate Leroy Sané (23) in Manchester City after whose cross-band crime has probably been crushed.

"No, people, everyone knows what a cross-band tear means when it comes to downtime," Rummenigge said of the German international and told Coutinho: "We didn't think the name out of the hat two days ago."

Magic is probably the correct verb, if you want to describe the football of the 27-year-old left winger. "What qualities do you want from a football player?" Brazilian coach Tite was once asked at a press conference.

His answer: "Coutinho has them all: a strong passing game, great ambition, he is effective from the middle distance, fast as a mind, freezing cold in the final and an outstanding preparer."

Hasan Salihamidzic raves

"I think we offer our fans something spectacular with this player, a player who has the strength to come from the left, but who can also play in the top ten," said sports manager Hasan Salihamidzic after a hilarious 2-2 draw against Hertha BSC for Bundesliga kick-off.

Chief Rummenigge assured himself as a precaution that Munich had brought the former Klopp protégé "exclusively" because of its "quality". "The name has not mattered," said the 63-year-old, presumably considering marketing opportunities in South America.

"I think we can look forward to welcoming such a top player with us. I mean not only Bavaria, but the entire Bundesliga and Germany completely," coach Niko Kovac exclaimed at the press conference.

Berlin coach Ante Covic also listened while his friend reported to the new Bundesliga superstar, but Coutinho has not yet provided this proof.

Coutinho has had a bad year at Barca

"I haven't had a good season," he told the latest Copa America: "My performances were much worse than my even expected. "Although brilliant Coutinho at the tournament in his home country, the Selecao player led to victory.

But his terrorist threat remains expandable. In Copa he hit at least twice, in the preseason he reached 34 league matches for Barca but only five goals and two assists.

The pressure was tremendous, then Sports Manager Robert Fernandez Coutinho finally had the "ideal Substitute" for club icon Iniesta named. He did not make this grateful comparison.

A muscle tear threw him back, and the fans whistled him in March against Rayo Vallecano. Against San Sebastian shortly thereafter, there were many whistles from the ranks. Coach Ernesto Valverde intervened and said: "The crowd is behind Coutinho, and Coutinho is behind the crowd."

FC Barcelona fans problem

In vain. goals against Manchester United in the quarterfinals second stage of the Champions League (3: 0) brought Coutinho to a provocation, sticking his index fingers in his ears.

See almost it should have come to break with the Barca fans. Somewhat useful was that coach Valverde could never decide for him or ex-Dortmunder Ousmane Dembélé who succeeds Superstar Neymar.

Now that Neymar is returning to Catalonia, it was probably the last signal that Coutinho needed for his decision. "Philippe absolutely wanted to go to Bayern Munich," Rummenigge said. A commitment that the record master can cost a lot of money, according to the Spanish newspaper "El Pais", € 24 million, only for lending.

millions of heavy and long-awaited jumpers – even in Munich the pressure on the "little magician" will be enormous

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