More than two years on since Philippe Coutinho transferred to Barcelona for £143m, Liverpool fans are not quite ready to move on just yet.

Despite there being little chance of him ever being seen in a Reds shirt again, plenty of discussion ensues about the Brazilian number 10 on a more than sporadic basis.

Perhaps that is with good reason: after all, Coutinho was at times mesmeric for Liverpool and left for a mammoth fee.

Some of the goals he scored were stunning, while his combinations with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane towards the back end of his Liverpool career were often joyous.

Now he has gone, though, there should be time to reflect on the relationship which ended a long time ago.

There is little doubt that Coutinho will look back at his former teammates with envy over their success since he left, though it must also be remembered that he fulfilled a long-held dream of playing for Barcelona when he made the switch.

And there might be something else which can help Liverpool fans who still fawn over their former hero to put that fantasy aside.

Speaking on the latest Blood Red podcast , Dan Kay said: "Sometimes there are players where their star burns brighter at the start of their career.

“There’s two notable examples in terms of Fernando Torres and Michael Owen.

Ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, now of Everton, poses with Fernando Torres on February 4, 2011

“Liverpool had their best years and after they left, they didn’t really hit those heights again.

“So far - and granted his career is not over yet - Coutinho has not been pulling up any trees.”

Owen departed for Real Madrid and later angered Reds fans further by signing for Manchester United, while Torres left for Chelsea where he won the Champions League, but admitted later that he regretted the way he left Merseyside.

Around a year ago, ahead of returning for an LFC Legends match at Anfield, Torres said: "Obviously [my spell at Liverpool] was a really nice time for me.

"No doubt, it was my peak as a player.

"I did enjoy probably by best years playing football with a Liverpool shirt, especially playing in a side with all my team-mates, but especially Steven Gerrard.

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"The memories will last forever."

Owen, too, has spoken about his reputation among Liverpool fans, which he would prefer was repaired.

There has been the suggestion of late that even though Coutinho's career is far from finished, he too is already thinking about what could have been.

If nothing else, Coutinho's struggles will serve as a warning for current Reds stars and those who may wish to move on in the future too: the grass is not always greener.