The Catalans spent £142m to sign Philippe Coutinho after a lengthy transfer saga. But the record transfer amount was not the reason behind Liverpool accepting the offer.
Philippe Coutinho signed for the Catalans in January and has made 9 La Liga appearances since then. But the Brazilian had to watch from stands as Barcelona was knocked out of the European competition by a brilliant AS Roma. On the other hands, Coutinho’s former club has made it to the semi-finals of the Champions League in style.
Jurgen Klopp’s attacking trio of Mane, Firmino and Mo Salah thrashed Manchester City 5-1 in two legs. The Reds sealed their place in the last four of Europe’s elite competition for the first time since 2009-10 season. And they did it without Philippe Coutinho.
Did Klopp not want Coutinho?
According to the reports in Liverpool Echo, it was Jurgen Klopp’s decision to allow the Brazilian to join Barcelona. The German manager thought Liverpool had become too predictable because of Coutinho and gave the green signal for the transfer.
The Reds have hardly missed the little magician as they sit 3rd in the league standings with top 4 finish all but secured. And their stunning form in the Champions League has made them favorites to win the competition for the 6th time. Philippe Coutinho could still receive the Champions League winners medal if Liverpool wins the title. The Brazilian played a crucial role in the group stages for Liverpool, scoring 5 goals and assisting twice.
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The Reds will face B’mouth on Saturday in the Premier League. Liverpool’s UCL semi-final opponents will be revealed on Friday in the draw, also consisting of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Roma.
It is a little hard to believe that Jurgen Klopp did not want someone like Coutinho in the squad. But the German surely doesn’t miss the midfielder due to the heroics of his attacking trio. As for the people mocking Coutinho for joining Barcelona, who was recently knocked out of the Champions League – He joined the Catalans to follow his dreams and not just based on the results of one season.