Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho is determined to try and improve on what he accepts was a disappointing first full season with Barcelona.

The 26-year-old became a huge signing for Barca in January 2018 when he joined from Liverpool, but he has since struggled to justify the price-tag which saw him switch to the Nou Camp.

I didn't have a great season. It was below what I expect from myself and what the supporters expect from me.

Philippe Coutinho

In the season just ended Coutinho scored five goals in 34 appearances in La Liga, as well as another six in 20 outings in the Champions League and Copa del Rey combined.

That return and his struggles in maintaining a regular starting spot have seen Coutinho linked with a possible return to England, with Chelsea and Manchester United suggested as possible destinations.

The South American, however, appears to want to stay put and try and persuade his critics that he can be a success with Barca.

He told reporters while on international duty ahead of the Copa America: "I didn't have a great season. It was below what I expect from myself and what the supporters expect from me.

"But you can only gain confidence through working hard, which is what I have done and what I will continue to do."

Barcelona retained their Spanish league title last season, but ended the campaign on a couple of low notes, losing to Liverpool in the semi-finals of the Champions League, before being beaten by Valencia in the Copa del Rey final.

The Blaugrana are 4/6 to win La Liga again next season, while they are 6/1 to triumph in the Champions League.

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Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho is determined to try and improve on what he accepts was a disappointing first full season with Barcelona.

The 26-year-old became a huge signing for Barca in January 2018 when he joined from Liverpool, but he has since struggled to justify the price-tag which saw him switch to the Nou Camp.

I didn't have a great season. It was below what I expect from myself and what the supporters expect from me.

Philippe Coutinho

In the season just ended Coutinho scored five goals in 34 appearances in La Liga, as well as another six in 20 outings in the Champions League and Copa del Rey combined.

That return and his struggles in maintaining a regular starting spot have seen Coutinho linked with a possible return to England, with Chelsea and Manchester United suggested as possible destinations.

The South American, however, appears to want to stay put and try and persuade his critics that he can be a success with Barca.

He told reporters while on international duty ahead of the Copa America: "I didn't have a great season. It was below what I expect from myself and what the supporters expect from me.

"But you can only gain confidence through working hard, which is what I have done and what I will continue to do."

Barcelona retained their Spanish league title last season, but ended the campaign on a couple of low notes, losing to Liverpool in the semi-finals of the Champions League, before being beaten by Valencia in the Copa del Rey final.

The Blaugrana are 4/6 to win La Liga again next season, while they are 6/1 to triumph in the Champions League.

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Source: bet365.com

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