Liverpool hearts were broken and fans were incensed when Philippe Coutinho forced a move to Barcelona. Hearts were immediately warmed and repaired when the £142m transfer fee was revealed and spent wisely.
Half of it went towards signing the colossus that is Virgil Van Dijk. The other half secured the best goalkeeper in the world – Alisson Becker. Liverpool went on to win the Champions League a year later – knocking Coutinho’s Barcelona out in the process.
The diminutive Brazilian had a torrid time at Barcelona and was moved on to Bayern Munich after just 18th months. He told German publication SportBild that Jürgen Klopp “sent a message and wished [him] luck”. The former Borussia Dortmund man told him that “Bayern is a big club and the Bundesliga a great league,” apparently he is “very happy” to see Coutinho there.
Warmed by the encouragement from his former boss, the attacking midfielder was full of praise for Jürgen. The recent Munich addition said: “Klopp is simply a great coach, one of the best in the world, a real leader”. Tell us something we don’t know, Phil. The new arrival at the Allianz could do with a bit of help from the Liverpool manager at the minute as he seeks to get his career back on track in Germany. Whatever happens, he is pleased that he played under the Anfield manager “It was an honor to work with him,” he continued.
Kopites don’t need reminding how lucky we are to have the gregarious coach at the helm. The man has been a revelation since he arrived at the club, Coutinho echoed what we all believe about the great man: “He changed Liverpool”.