He may have left us in 2018 to follow his dream, but Coutinho should be more respected than Fernando Torres or Luis Suárez.
Like many of you, I was just as disappointed to see Coutinho leave the club. However, we should respect the Brazilian more for they way he respected the club compared to the other two.
- Luis Suárez behaviour played a part in his transfer
Luiz Suárez was a pillar for Liverpool between 2010-2014. The Uruguayan managed to play in 133 Liverpool games and scored 82 goals across all competitions. He also won the 2014 Golden Boot and the 2014 PFA’s Player of the Year.
However, it was the Uruguayan’s behaviour that would be his downfall. Not only did Suárez cause controversy back in 2012 by racially abusing Patrice Evra (Sports Mole), but he then made headlines after biting ex-Chelsea defender Ivanovic. As a consequence, he got a ten match ban for this.
Suárez made a mockery of the club once again when he bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
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The Uruguayan got a four month ban from all professional games this time. This meant he would miss the first 9 Premier League games. Soon after, he was sold to Barcelona.
2. Torres’ lack of loyalty to the club
Fernando Torres was another striker who broke the hearts of many Liverpool fans when he decided to leave our club for Chelsea. The Spaniard was a key frontman during the 2007-11 campaign, making 142 appearances for the club and scoring 81 goals across all competitions. He was on his way to becoming a Liverpool favourite.
That was until he blind sided us with a transfer request to Chelsea.
There is no grudge held toward the ex-Liverpool player now. However, I think fans were bitter about the way he went about. For one, we had no idea the 35 year-old was unhappy at the time. If he would have said so like Coutinho, we may have understood more.
What made matters worse was his comments after.
This brings me to point two- his lack of respect to fans. In his first interview for Chelsea, Torres implied he was not appreciated at Liverpool. He said he chose Chelsea because they really wanted him and how the “fans […] always showed respect to me when I came to Stamford Bridge and at Anfield.” (Mirror). To say we didn’t appreciate or respect him is absurd. We absolutely adored him.
Say what you will about Coutinho, but at least he was professional to all and behaved in well-respected manner his time at the club.