Liverpool have earned a reputation as one of the smartest navigators of the transfer market in the world. The Reds have been dominating the market in recent years with their eye for a value signing and their ability to squeeze buyers for every penny. Few transfers showcase this ability better than a 2018 sale, Sport in Spain has slammed the Barcelona purchase of Philippe Coutinho as one of the worst in the club’s history.
Barcelona sign Coutinho
Back in the 2017/18 season we saw the assembly of one of Liverpool’s most fearsome attacking lineups in the club’s modern history.
We had the ‘Fab Four’ of Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Bobby Firmino.
The quartet weren’t together long, in January 2018 Barcelona bought Philippe Coutinho for a stunning £142m.
The Brazilian’s sale went on to fund moves for Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker and Fabinho.
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We reached the Champions League final that year…and the year after.
It is no secret that the move didn’t go to plan.
Barcelona didn’t get what they wanted from the Philippe Coutinho buy.
The Brazilian failed to make the impact expected of him and that has been recognised by Sport.
The move has been described by the outlet as the least profitable in the club’s history.
Sport highlights that he had to become the new Andres Iniesta and he couldn’t live up to the expectation.
What RTK has to say
The sale of Coutinho to Barcelona will go down as one of the definitive moments of the Jürgen Klopp era.
His sale funded crucial additions to the squad, additions which have helped us to European, domestic and international glory.
It may be one of the worst transfers in Barcelona’s history but it is certainly one of the smartest in Liverpool’s.