Former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has made an extraordinary claim after his dream move to Barcelona failed to materialize last summer.
Barcelona finally bought an end to one of the biggest transfer sagas of all time after agreeing to pay a club record fees of £142 Million for the Brazilian playmaker. The transfer was completed after months of negotiations and three failed bids in summer. The transfer also broke the record for the highest fee ever paid by a Spanish team, with Barcelona paying around €120 Million up front and the remaining €40 Million in add-ons for the Brazilian.
But it was not that easy for Coutinho to move to Camp Nou. Back in August, Liverpool asked Barcelona to resign from the hopes of signing Philippe Coutinho. Jurgen Klopp and co. were reluctant in negotiating with Catalans and continuously insisted that Coutinho isn’t going anywhere.
As a result of Liverpool’s reluctance to negotiate in summer, Coutinho started the season with Reds. The Brazilian couldn’t fulfill his wish to move to Camp Nou in summer and now after completing his move to Barcelona last month, Coutinho has admitted that after so many rumours of him moving in summer, he had to move on the pitch so that fans wouldn’t think that he has lost interest in sporting that Red jersey.
Speaking to Mundo Deportivo, Coutinho said: “In the summer, when the offer arrived from Barca, I was very clear with everyone because my ambition was to come here. In the end, it didn’t go through and I had to work even harder when I got on the pitch so that the [Liverpool] fans didn’t think I was doing things badly.”
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“It was tough, but I also have to say that I had some good moments at Liverpool and the fans treated me really well, even though I wasn’t able to win any trophies there.”
Coutinho left Anfield having scored 54 goals in 200 games for the Reds, though he didn’t win any silverware during his time in England. This season playing with Liverpool, Coutinho was sensational. He put together some stunning performances for Liverpool as he scored a total of 12 goals in 20 matches and formed a magnificent quartet with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino.
The Brazilian then got his dream finally completed as he joined Barcelona in January transfer window and scored his first goal last week against Valencia in the Copa del Rey. The Brazilian also found it easy to settle in Barcelona thanks to his ex-Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez and Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
When quizzed about how he settled in Barcelona, Coutinho said: “The welcome from Messi and Suarez has been great. They’re two big idols for me and to play for the same team as them is great — but not just with them, with Andres [Iniesta] and the rest, too. Playing alongside Messi is really special. Not everyone gets the chance to do that. That makes me really happy.”
Coutinho will be back in action when Barcelona pays a visit to SD Eibar’s Ipurua Municipal Stadium on Saturday with hopes of continuing their unbeaten run in the league.
This huge act clearly shows his passion for sporting that Blaugrana jersey on his body. The Brazilian would be a huge success at Barcelona. Coutinho’s style of football and his passion for that Blaugrana jersey will surely see him fit well in Barcelona’s midfield.