Liverpool and Barcelona confirmed on Saturday night that star attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho has finally made the switch from the English Premier League to La Liga, after a transfer saga that has rumbled on for more than six months.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 6, 2018
Coutinho joins the European giants on a five-and-a-half year deal for a reported £142m, £105m of which will be paid upfront, a British record for a sale of a player.
It’s a bitter blow for Liverpool’s season given the form the Brazilian has been in for the last few months, scoring 12 goals and assisting nine more in just 19 appearances between the Premier League and UEFA Champions League.
Fans are upset the club couldn’t continue to say no to the Catalan side until the summer, believing signing a direct replacement will be difficult in the January transfer window.
With a top four place at stake alongside progression in Europe, will Jurgen Klopp’s side be the same now he has left Anfield?
Supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Genuinely gutted to see Coutinho go. One of Liverpool's best signings in the last decade and a joy to watch on his day. No anger towards him pursuing what is a dream move for most footballers on the planet, just wish we could have held onto him until the summer. #LFC
— Cameron Hogwood (@CameronHogwood) January 6, 2018
I’m not angry at Coutinho wanting to leave, Barcelona is the pinnacle of football. What I’m mad at is #LFC allowing him to leave in January. We’re still in Europe, fighting for a runner up position in the league & we have no replacement in place. This is not good lol.
— Jacob (@JaytotheC89) January 6, 2018
Silly decision to sell Coutinho in January, lose player with the knockout stages of the Champions League coming up and battling for top 4 is ridiculous. Should’ve made Barcelona wait until the summer. Hope we invest well #LFC
— ☬ ਨਰਿੰਦਰਜੀਤ Senth ☬ (@Ninjsenth) January 6, 2018
Wow. Absolutely essentially Liverpool replace #Coutinho in the January transfer window. Far too much at stake not to. Surprised the bullying tactics have worked mid-season considering how well #LFC fought during the summer.
— chris (@_chris_boyd) January 6, 2018
Gutted coutinho has left. Can’t deny his ability & motivation to play for Barca. Shame the way it has all played out, should have been done for the summer. Get lemar in #LFC
— Mike Collings (@Mjhorsnell) January 6, 2018
Absolutely gutted we will lose @Phil_Coutinho as he has been great for us. Good deal for all parties just a shame it won’t be in the summer. @LFC need to ensure they spend it wisely to ensure quality replaces quality. Good luck to @Phil_Coutinho #YNWA #LFC #letsgoshopping
— Martin Birse (@brisey81) January 6, 2018
Can understand why Coutinho has moved to Barcelona but it makes no sense to do it now. Can’t play champions league. Surely would have of been better of staying and going in summer or am I missing something here? #lfc #Coutinho #Barcelona
— Matt Earl (@matt_earl1) January 6, 2018
Gutted we sold Coutinho before the summer, makes little sense to me. Fingers crossed we have a plan for the replacement #LFC
— Mark Vincent (@vinny_1975) January 6, 2018