Liverpool have had some wonderful players during the Jürgen Klopp era, footballers who have produced moments of magic. One such player left us for Barcelona in possibly one of the most ill fated transfers of all time. Despite his struggles at the Camp Nou, Roberto Firmino has heaped praise on his international teammate Philippe Coutinho.
The Little Magician
Liverpool signed Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan in 2013 for a fee of £8.5m.
The Brazilian took a few years to develop and settle in at Liverpool but when he did he set the Premier League alight.
He was unstoppable at times, ghosting past players and firing the ball into the top corner of the net whenever he fancied it.
Typically when a player of his quality leaves fans are heartbroken and sure, we were upset, but the money we got for him was utterly obscene.
The Reds managed to squeeze Barcelona for £142m in 2018, a deal which paid for the signings of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker.
Firmino praises Coutinho
Having linked up together once again for international duty, Roberto Firmino has heaped praise on Philippe Coutinho. Bobby told FIFA.com:
“He’s phenomenal. You simply can’t say that he’s not a magician. He has magical powers. He produces plays that don’t exist, that you couldn’t make up.
“You always have to watch replays of his plays to understand what he’s done. He’s an unbelievable player. It was a pleasure to play with him at Liverpool, and it’s a pleasure to play with him for the Selecao.
“I’m a huge fan of his. He’s one of the very best players in the world.”
What RTK has to say
Oh what Firmino wouldn’t give to have Coutinho back at Anfield eh.
The magician was linked with a return to Anfield earlier this year, with Sport reporting that the Reds were keeping tabs on the playmaker.
However, no such move materialised and he has returned to Barca after scoring against them for Bayern Munich.
We wouldn’t mind seeing him back in a Liverpool shirt in future but we can’t see that happening given the finances involved. You’ll just have to enjoy him during the breaks, Bobby.