Friday, 06 December, 2019


Philippe Coutinho mocked by Neymar after completing £142m Barcelona transfer

Ivan Rakitic is happy at Barcelona despite the arrival of their new £145m signing Coutinho Ivan Rakitic is happy at Barcelona despite the arrival of their new £145m signing Coutinho
Noah Ferguson | 10 January, 2018, 18:16

Coutinho said he was excited about playing alongside Messi, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta.

Liverpool did not do everything in their power to keep Coutinho.

But recent history, both at Liverpool and elsewhere, shows that banking a huge fee for a star player does not automatically lead to the money being well spent.

Liverpool stood their ground and nearly won a Premier League title when they refused to allow Luis Suarez to go to Spain. He is a great young guy, he was never a moment's problem for me. Who do Liverpool get in to replace him?

I believe the Coutinho situation is different.

The Brazilian play-maker hasn't had the start he'd have wanted to his Barcelona career so far. "We will evaluate all of this... but, of course, I don't think he will play as a goalkeeper!" .

As for Coutinho, he addressed the Barca fans on Sunday ahead of his medical with the club, saying in a video message on Twitter: "Hi Barca fans, I am already here, it is a dream come true and I hope to see you tomorrow".

Rakitic had been linked to Arsenal and Liverpool following the signing of Coutinho this week
Rakitic had been linked to Arsenal and Liverpool following the signing of Coutinho this week

By no stretch of the imagination is that trying to hold onto a player and it seems to me that Liverpool's performance in the title race may have triggered the move because it is an easier sell to the fans as a result.

But Liverpool wasn't such a willing seller.

What they do next will tell us everything about whether they want to be back at the top table or if they are content to cash in on their best player every couple of years.

"In order to avail of this offer, qualifying supporters should present their 2017-18 Coutinho replica shirt at any official club store where the voucher will be issued".

That's it in black and white.

United had the chance to make a statement after selling Ronaldo, and they blew it, but Liverpool can not afford to do the same.

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