When Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool to join Barcelona in January, the likelihood of the Brazilian winning trophies increased significantly.
The Catalan giants are serial achievers, but there is one competition that they will not be victorious in – the Champions League.
At the start of the season, not many would have predicted that Liverpool would go further on the elite stage than Barca, but exactly that has transpired.
On Wednesday evening, Jurgen Klopp’s side secured a 2-1 victory over Manchester City in the second leg of their quarter-final tie at the Etihad Stadium.
The Merseyside outfit were hugely under the cosh in the first half, with many thinking that City were going to overturn the 3-0 deficit from the first leg after Gabriel Jesus scored two minutes into the clash.
However, the Reds weathered the storm before Mohamed Salah struck in the second half to secure that all-important away goal.
Liverpool maintained their composure and Roberto Firmino wrapped up the victory with 13 minutes left on the clock.
Elsewhere in the Stadio Olimpico, Barcelona were stunned by Roma as the Italian outfit came from 4-1 down in the first leg to earn a dramatic 3-0 triumph on home soil.
The away goals sent them through to the semi-finals, and instantly, Liverpool supporters turned on Coutinho, who caused hurt among the club’s following when he left.
The Brazilian was ineligible to play in the Champions League for Barca due to being cup-tied, but Reds fans find it amusing that his new club failed to progress further than Liverpool.
Has anyone checked in on little Phil Coutinho… | #LFC
— R O S S T Λ L B O T (@rosstalbot) April 11, 2018
I thought that Sterling and Coutinho could be disappointed and regreted for leaving Liverpool just to win UCL with Barca and Man City.
— Azim ? (@afifazimz) April 11, 2018
— Nishchal (@Nishchal_A) April 11, 2018
Coutinho, Suarez, Sterling…….hmmmmm #lfc
— no hope #FPL (@nohopefpl) April 11, 2018
— Sumit Aggarwal (@sumitagger) April 11, 2018
— Dave B (@daveb1976) April 11, 2018
— Erik Steigen (@ErikSteigen) April 11, 2018
Michael Owen left …. we won the European cup.
Phillip Coutinho left …….. TBC #LFC
— Matty (@Chialton) April 11, 2018
Oh ho ho… a penny for Coutinho's thoughts.#LFC
— Stuart Chapman (@StuJChapman) April 10, 2018