Ronald Koeman explains Philippe Coutinho’s transformation from flop to star man

Ronald Koeman has given his explanation of Philippe Coutinho's transformation from Barcelona flop to the La Liga giants' star man.

Barca host Sevilla on Sunday with Coutinho thriving after being given a second chance at the Nou Camp by new boss Koeman.

The former Liverpool ace was arguably Barcelona's best player in the win, setting up Ansu Fati for one of the teenager's two goals and going close to scoring himself.

Coutinho had appeared set for the exit door this summer after Bayern Munich declined to sign him permanently following his season-long loan in Germany.

Having struggled to show his best form at Barca since his £130million move from Liverpool into 2018, he was linked with a return to the Premier League, with Arsenal, Leicester City and Newcastle among the clubs credited with an interest.

But after being given chance to revive his Nou Camp career under Koeman, the 28-year-old is excelling in his favoured attacking midfield role.

He is leading by example on the pitch, has claimed two assists from as many La Liga games and looks much happier than he has for some time.

Koeman has been cited as the main influence on Coutinho's renaissance after the Barca legend took over as the club's new head coach in August.

But while the 57-year-old claims some credit for playing Coutinho in his preferred position, he says the transformation is otherwise down to the player himself.

Asked to explain behind Coutinho's return to form, Koeman told Sport : "That's a good question and the answer is very easy: he's a very good player. That's it.

"He's a player that learned a lot in England, a lot in Bayern Munich.

"My job as a coach is to get the best out of every player.

"And that starts by putting them in their position. I think that generates more confidence.

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"All that helps but it starts with the quality in the player and Coutinho's a great player."

Barcelona could go top of the embryonic La Liga table if they continue their 100% record by beating Europa League champions Sevilla on Sunday.

The Catalan club are three points behind early pacesetters Real Betis, although the leaders have played three more games than Barca.

Real Madrid are a point ahead of Koeman's side, having played a game more, and will go top if they win away at Levante on Sunday.

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