Published: Mon, September 18, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Coutinho lifts the lid on 'difficult' Barcelona saga

Coutinho lifts the lid on 'difficult' Barcelona saga

Coutinho started for the Reds in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Burnley, and next up is a League Cup clash away to Leicester City on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old Brazil worldwide was Barcelona's key transfer target but Liverpool rejected multiple bids from the La Liga side, saying the player was not for sale.

His temporary absence is a serious blow to the Reds, as many consider him to be the club's most important player and if they were to lose him on a permanent basis it would arguably be felt much greater than the prospect of losing Coutinho.

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The 25-year-old moved to Anfield from Southampton in a deal costing a reported £34m in the summer of 2016.

Jurgen Klopp remains confident that Coutinho can continue to excel in a Liverpool shirt as the club competes in the Champions League following their top-four finish last season. But it's also a great honour to be here.

Richardson added that Coutinho "now fears his dream Camp Nou move is scuppered" as the Catalans' attention has moved on to Mane.

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"I received a job offer, like in life whatever work you do", said Coutinho. Sometimes you're interested and sometimes you're not.

"And in my case, as everybody knows, I got interested, my family too".

"It was a complicated month for me but as I have said, it is an honour to receive that offer". I'm here and I will give my best as always. What I need to do is to work hard and to always do my best to help the team.

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"As everyone knows I was keen on the move as was my family and it was an honour to receive an offer from a prestigious club such as Barcelona but at the same time it's also an honour to play here, Liverpool are a massive club and respected throughout the world". I wonder if the manager is sitting there this morning thinking, 'is my back-four good enough to go where I want to go with this team?'

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