According to reports, Philippe Coutinho will wind up spending £11.5 million of his own money to move to Barcelona.
When managers talk about how they only want players who want to play for the club, to play for the club, it’s fairly clear what this means. You rarely take this to mean a player spending nearly £12 million of his own cash to go play football elsewhere.
As far as I’m concerned, I really hope that the grass is greener on the other side for Philippe Coutinho otherwise he will have made a huge mistake in more ways than one.
According to Paul Joyce of the Times, Coutinho “has paid about £9 million out of his own pocket and is committed to paying another £2.5 million in the future.”
This kind of attitude, while obviously commendable from a Barcelona perspective, is toxic when considered in Liverpool’s context. While the Reds have been excellent this season, despite a poor start, there is no doubt that the drama involving Coutinho and Barcelona in August would have taken a toll on the way the whole side played.
From Klopp’s perspective, this was obviously unacceptable and he wanted to sell in August but FSG insisted Coutinho stay so that the club could get a better deal. Now, with a £142 million offer on the table, Liverpool have accepted and the Brazilian is in Span finalising his dream move.
As Klopp has said on the matter: “Players will come and players will go, that is football, but as a club, we are big enough and strong enough to continue with our aggressive progression on the pitch, even when we lose an important player.”