Philippe Coutinho’s departure in January hit some Liverpool fans hard, but it was not completely unexpected.
The Brazilian playmaker was heavily linked with the Catalan giants in the summer, but the Reds held firm and did not sell.
Once the January transfer window opened, rumours reignited about Coutinho’s possible switch to the Camp Nou.
It was not long before the 25-year-old was bidding farewell to the Merseyside outfit, where he had transformed into arguably the team’s best player.
Coutinho has now revealed some detail about the manner in which the deal was struck.
Interestingly, the former Inter Milan star suggested during an interview with Fora de Joc on Catalan channel 8tv that an agreement had been put in place for the player to join Barcelona in the winter following their interest prior to the start of the season.
“Everyone knows that I wanted to come to Barcelona. It wasn’t possible in the summer, but we worked so that it could be done in winter. I really want to win big titles, it was one of the reasons that made me sign for the club. I want to win as many as I can, I don’t have preferences.”
Liverpool fans have since taken to Twitter to discuss their former player’s admission, and not everyone is best pleased.
Well said people he needs to look closer to home, basically he is saying he wants an easier ride.
— Mr M (@burgerken2010) February 8, 2018
Love to get Barca in the semis an knock them out
— shaun fitzgibbons (@shaunfitz84) February 8, 2018
You want to win titles, well I remember two finals where you had a chance and failed to turn up. Guess you'll have to do with some bench time whilst you watch Messi and Suarez win titles for you instead
— Steve Collins ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (@JuanCurd) February 8, 2018
It's not a fear it's a reality. And if we carry on not winning Salah will be next.
— David LFC 96 (@David_LFC96) February 8, 2018
Coutinho should contemplate why he went missing for the whole game in Europa final. He was the main man at Liverpool and he failed when it mattered the most.
— DrShako (@shaktibhai) February 8, 2018
Tell us something we don't know. It'll be the same with Salah etc etc if we don't give the players success ie trophies.
— Paul O'Driscoll (@podge1971) February 8, 2018
He could’ve won trophies here if he turned up in the europa league and league cup finals he played.
— Karanpal Singh (@KPLFC95) February 8, 2018
Could not care less what he thinks. He's dead to me now.
— Darren Pearce (@KopiteDarren) February 8, 2018