Barcelona’s record signing Philippe Coutinho reveals that Liverpool did absolutely everything they could to keep him at the club.
Today, Coutinho completed a record-breaking £146 million move to Barcelona – the most paid in a deal involving a British football club. After rejecting several bids from the La Liga leaders in the summer, Liverpool finally agreed to sell the midfielder this month.
The Brazilian leaves Liverpool in a precarious position as the Reds look to finish inside the top four, go deep into the Champions League and win the FA Cup.
His departure means that although Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah will continue to lead the line, they might struggle in certain games for inspiration.
“I just want to thank the club for its patience and its effort,” Coutinho said. “I’m very happy, this is a dream come true for me and I hope to live up to the expectations.”
On top of thanking the club, Coutinho said that he is grateful for Liverpool allowing him to pursue his dream of playing for Barcelona.
“They understood that it was what I wanted,” Coutinho said. “They did all they could to try to keep me, but in the end, they understood that it was my dream, and the dream of my family, to come here.
“I just would like to thank all the fans, all the staff and all the players for the years I lived there.
“For sure, I gave everything I could. Unfortunately, we could not win but I lived [in Liverpool] for five years and my family was very happy there. So I just would like to thank them and wish them all the best.”
Liverpool are looking at replacing Coutinho but it is understood that the Reds may wait until the summer to bring in the right player.
As we have seen with Jurgen Klopp a few times, the German isn’t willing to compromise and will wait months to sign the player he feels is absolutely perfect for the club. The wait to sign Virgil van Dijk and the deal to sign Naby Keita in the summer are perfect examples of this.
The best possible player (in Klopp’s eyes) will arrive and we just need to have faith that he’ll bring in the right man. I mean, he has done pretty well so far, hasn’t he?