Inter Milan eventually gave up on Coutinho, loaning him to Espanyol before selling him permanently to Liverpool in 2013.
When he arrived, we were told he was lightweight, inconsistent and a show-pony.
He’s now one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe, having bagged 13 goals in the Premier League this campaign.
But he was showing outrageous potential while in Italy, and this re-earthed clip proves it. Aged 18, Coutinho dominated Tottenham in the Champions League – announcing his potential to the world.
You’ll see in the below highlights clip that he has the same outrageous close-control, technique and sharpness that we see now, as well as clever through-balls.
This is perhaps the barometer we should judge our current 18-year-olds on.