Barcelona new boy Philippe Coutinho has claimed that he left Liverpool for the Catalan giants because it was his dream move. The Brazilian signed for Barcelona after completing a long-awaited switch away from Jürgen Klopp’s side in a deal worth around £142m. He was presented as a Barca player in a lavish ceremony on Monday.
The playmaker signed a five-and-half-year deal and has a buyout clause of 400m euros (£355m). While Liverpool supporters fully understand his desire to swap Merseyside for Catalonia, it’s the timing and the manner which has angered many.
Leaving halfway through the season has left Jurgen Klopp’s side in a dilemma as they look to fight for a top-four finish in the Premier League and go far in both the Champions League and the FA Cup.
However, Coutinho has done his very best to keep his relationship with the Reds amicable, penning a heartfelt message to the Liverpool fans, reflecting on his time at the club, explaining his decision to leave and thanking the Anfield faithful for their support through his official Instagram account.
On Monday night, the midfielder took to Instagram to officially say goodbye to the Kopites. The reaction back home to the Brazilian’s exit has been mixed, with some supporters critical of the way the transfer eventually played out.
While many Liverpool supporters vented their anger on social media, many were left teary-eyed after reading the emotional goodbye message from Coutinho.
Let us get across some of the best reactions from the fans on Twitter.
I agree with him. Fair play Phil.
— LFC (@CotteeTom) January 9, 2018
All the best mate thanks for all the memories I have never loved a player so much enjoy Barca but YNWA UP THE REDS
— Danny O’Brien (@DannyOB_5) January 8, 2018
That is such a nice message from Phil. Very well put by him. I’m sad he has left, but I wish him the best of luck. He’ll be sadly missed.
— Mark Swain (@I_Am_A_Twit_) January 8, 2018
Honestly, I am not moved. If someone reali loves a club, he won’t abandon it in the mid of the season.
— RedFaichoi@hk (@faichoi) January 9, 2018
That’s all very nice, but he’s still left half way through the season when there’s still so much to play for. Very selfish and no consideration for the team that has made him #YNWA
— Mark Haigh (@MarkhHaigh) January 9, 2018
Disappointed in the way it ended as it could have been done better, but thanks for the memories…
— Simon (@___Si___) January 9, 2018
— Liam Vizor (@LiamVizor) January 8, 2018
I don’t get people who support a club and don’t think they are the biggest and best in the world, coutinho is a snake end of
— RuleBrittania (@scoooobs82) January 9, 2018
Wonder who wrote that for him pic.twitter.com/DJEPHdE6tl
— Young Simba (@RealJazDhesi) January 8, 2018
— Life’s Good (@Lifes_Good_2017) January 9, 2018
— Marc Hale (@MarcAnthonyHale) January 9, 2018
We love you Coutinho.. incredible player !
— ManojIniyaraj (@manojiniyaraj) January 9, 2018
— James Young (@JamesYoung19_) January 9, 2018
because he didn’t write it, someone wrote it for him
— EnterTheLiverbird (@harislfc8) January 9, 2018
He payed someone to write that
— DIF (@seback01) January 8, 2018
We all have dreams. Live yours. We need to pick up the pieces of ours and get on with the season. #YNWA
— Linda Mitman (@LiverpoolLinda) January 8, 2018
— George Dann (@PennyWise1983) January 8, 2018
Whoever believes any of this needs to give their head a wobble. Clearly not written by him, and if he really did care at all he would have left this summer. Also his behaviour during these last couple of transfer windows has been disgusting! Lets move on shall we #YNWA
— Mo Talib (@motali86) January 8, 2018
Even if it was his words, not interested. Bye Phil
— RJTT (@Reece_Truepenny) January 8, 2018
“Show me a club with more heart” – Some Liverpool fans shower love on Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish for meeting 104-year-old fan
There was one special fan who got the chance to meet Jurgen Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish after Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Crystal Palace, 104-year-old Bernard Sheridan.
The fan was specially invited to the game by Klopp, and it was incredible seeing the supporter meet the legend Dalglish and our current manager.
The fan seemed excited to meet Klopp and also shared a joke or two with Dalglish, and he certainly would have enjoyed the game, even though we made tough work of Palace.
The supporter was just a few days away from his birthday and it was a great present, to be fair.
The moment 104-year-old Reds fan, Bernard Sheridan, met Jürgen Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish after the Palace game.
Happy birthday, Bernard. ❤ pic.twitter.com/YMcAotaDmv
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 22, 2019
The Reds have been on overdrive regarding their meetings with fans in recent weeks, and acts such as these bring the supporters closer to the club.
Klopp and the rest of the team have created an incredible atmosphere at Anfield, and the fans seem to be doing their bit as well.
The win over Palace ensured we have a four point lead over Manchester City going into a mini-break, and we need to keep picking up the points.
The Reds haven’t won the Premier League ever, and with the backing of fans such as Sheridan, there is a chance of us breaking the duck.
Several Liverpool fans were pleased with this latest touch and shared their reactions on Twitter.
@KevRedCon this is what Liverpool fc is all about.
— John kelly (@jonhkelly1981) January 22, 2019
My Liverpool is more than a football club………Family, and we look after our own
— kenny (@Kennedy20686482) January 22, 2019
He has seen more than any reds out there.Hope he gets to see us win the league this time
— Neymar (@Suvendra6) January 22, 2019
Wow. ❤️💯 Show me a club with more heart for reals! 🔥
— Liverpool stan ✊ (@MelissaJacobs12) January 22, 2019
love the King and Klopp and respect their hectic schedule. How nice if they could have invited him for a cup of tea to hear about the old days of the club…like the early 20th century.
— Mick (@MICKDXB) January 22, 2019
Sir Kenny a class act
— Liam Smith (@Liam229Smith) January 22, 2019
It’s lovely to see such warm gestures from a club that’s so close to my heart. Feels like I’ve been there, although I’ve never been. Would love to meet them all one day. Hopefully soon. #YNWA
— R Mansingh (@rmansinghani) January 22, 2019
This is Anfield, where dreams are made.
— Howard howface (@HowardHomix1) January 22, 2019
Liverpool set to break world-record annual net profit for football clubs
The Reds had a fantastic campaign last season reaching the Champions League final. The report claims that the Reds banked €81.3million as they finished the competition as runners-ups, and since they did not take part in the Champions League in 2016-17, this is seen as a top-line growth.
There were some major signings at the club with Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Virgil van Dijk signing, but their costs will most likely be spread over their contract lengths, as per the report. Liverpool also sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January for around €130million.
The Mirror adds that Inside World Football’s calculations came after a UEFA statement claimed that Leicester City had held the previous record thanks to their Champions League exploits after winning the Premier League.
Liverpool also have had several sponsorship deals over the years since FSG took over, and this latest news shows how healthy the club is financially.
We have also spent money wisely with most of our transfers working out, and this season is a testament to how far we have come under Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds lead the Premier League and are still competing in the Champions League. Hopefully, we make the season count and win a trophy under Jurgen Klopp.
“I see him staying with us for the next two or three years” – Blow for Klopp as Bundesliga boss claims Liverpool target isn’t moving soon
The German striker has been one of the brightest stars for the Bundesliga side and even represented the national team at the 2018 World Cup.
Werner is just 22, and the Mirror reports that the Reds have been linked with a move for the Bundesliga ace.
Bayern Munich are also keeping tabs on the versatile forward, as per the report, but Rangnick believes Leipzig could keep Werner.
Speaking to Sky Germany (h/t Mirror), Rangnick also conceded that battling Munich’s interest will be difficult:
“If Bayern are serious, then it will be difficult for us. But they often play with one striker, so I see him staying with us for the next two or three years.”
The report adds that the Leipzig boss also claimed Werner would not be leaving to a rival club in the January window.
The forward has scored 11 times from 18 Bundesliga games this season and can play as the central striker or wide left.
The 22-year-old would make an excellent addition to the Liverpool team, and he would provide cover to our front three.
Rangnick’s comments are expected as no club would want to lose their top player, especially to a rival club, and it will be interesting to see how things develop in the summer regarding the striker.