The 27-year-old is pleased to see his former side excel in the Premier League but has no regrets over his decision to leave for Barcelona.

Philippe Coutinho says he’s not surprised to see Liverpool “flying” this season but insists he does not regret leaving the Anfield outfit.

The Reds were expected to struggle to replace the Brazil international when he left to join Barcelona in January 2018 after five years as a leading performer in the Premier League.

But the 27-year-old fought to secure a place in the starting XI at Barca and was sent on loan to Bayern Munich having an option for a permanent deal at the end of the season.

Coutinho is happy to see his former team-mates in such thrilling form, but says he doesn’t think of what could have happened had he stayed.

“Liverpool is flying, and it doesn’t surprise me,” he advised Sports Illustrated. “We have seen it last year when they won the Champions League, but I’m also not surprised because of their fantastic squad and manager.

“I am quite happy for them, since I have so many friends there, former team-mates, so I am just so happy for them, but that is all.

“I don’t look back. I took another path, and now I am on a different journey, much like everybody else. I am focused entirely, like them, on reaching my dreams. I’m happy with what I did in the past, and today I can only look forward.”

Bayern are top of the Bundesliga and are preparing for a Champions League last-16 tie against Chelsea later this month. The German giants are still in the DFB-Pokal, also, and Coutinho is convinced they can win the treble this season.

“Of course, we think we could win it all. We work so hard for it,” he added.

These are the best teams in the world after all, and the Champions League is very hard, but if you work hard, then anything can happen.”