Although his current team Barca fell to Roma with a humiliating (3-0) defeat in Champions League return-leg, Philippe Coutinho remains the only Barca player with hope to receive a medal if his former teammates at Liverpool to win the Champions League.
According to online sportsbook news in the UK, the Brazilian left Anfield to Camp Nou in January 2018, with the goal of competing on a bigger stage and winning medals at the European level. Yet, he may travel back to England at the end of this season to pick up a Champions League medal if his former team Liverpool to win the Champions League 2017/18. In theory, he might be eligible to receive a medal, but could it happen for real?
Based on the UEFA Champions League regulations, Philippe Coutinho was ineligible to feature for Barcelona in their quarter-final loss to Roma, as he played for Liverpool in five group stage games and scored five goals earlier this season. Technically, therefore, he is still registered as Liverpool player in Champions League 2017/18 edition, though missing all the knockout stages.
According to online sportsbook directory, UEFA regulations state vaguely, that should his former club Liverpool reach the final in Europe, they will receive 40 Champions League gold medals if they win, or 40 silver medals if they get the runners-up spot, leaving it to the Reds administration to decide who deserves the medals other than the first team of course.
Liverpool to win the Champions League 2017/18
Philippe Coutinho might regret making the move so soon after watching his team crash out of the Champions League while his former teammates at Liverpool marched onto the semis after knocking out Manchester City. The Reds are through to the semi-finals with 33 total goals and two stars competing for the top goal scorer, so is it possible for Liverpool to win the Champions League this season?
At Bwin Sportsbook Liverpool jumped to the third spot for the Champions League winner 2017/18 with (4.25) odds, sitting below Real Madrid with (2.50) odds and Bayern Munich with (3.00) odds. So maybe after all, Coutinho could be the only winner of Barca’s dropout and Liverpool’s advancement at the Champions League final stages, if his former manager Jurgen Klopp generously grants him an extra medal.