It was the best decision for all parties that Philippe Coutinho departed from Barcelona as he never found game time in Spain and the club also needed to get off his wages, making a move to his former teammates Aston Villa a good move to resurrect his career. No doubt Coutinho didn't see it coming, but with Steven Gerrard at the club, it could well be a match made in heaven.
When Coutinho was at his best at Liverpool, he was the main focus of the team. A lot of attacks were directed his way as they knew his on-ball ability, but when he was at Barcelona, with Lionel Messi in the team, chances on the ball were limited and his game got sucked away from him.
In a Villa team where he could be the main focus of their attacks, he could again showcase his abilities which made Barcelona pay £135m for him in a similar vein to which we saw Jack Grealish operate with his importance on the side.
It's his perfect chance to get a move elsewhere away from Barcelona in the future, but also, perhaps a period for him to simply reestablish himself as a powerhouse in Europe.