Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

EPL

Coutinho Saga Over, Sold to Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho Barcelona
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson of Liverpool chat with Luis Suarez of Barcelona before the International Champions Cup match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Wembley Stadium on August 6, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

A day after huge late win in Merseyside Derby in the FA cup third round, Liverpool F.C. fans went from ushering in Virgil Van Dijk to saying goodbye to one of their own. The saga of the transfer situation between Liverpool and Spanish giant Barcelona finally ended with news that playmaking midfielder Philippe Coutinho was transferred to Barcelona for 142 million euros.

The transfer that had dragged from the past summer period will be effective Monday and Coutinho could suit up for Barcelona during their next league game. Coutinho will not be eligible to play for Barcelona during Champions League play because he was cup tied to Liverpool having participated in the group stage for them.

Embed from Getty Images

 

Coutinho had been clamoring to make the transfer when Barcelona expressed interest during the summer.  The Brazilian had just re-signed a five-year contract in January and Fenway Sports Group (FSG) the parent company of Liverpool felt he had to honor his contract and was not for sale.

Despite the looming January transfer window Coutinho performed admirably for Liverpool scoring 12 goals and being the adept playmaker he has always been during his career. Liverpool currently sits fourth in the league, made it to the knockout stage of the Champions League for the first time since 2009, and continue in their FA Cup campaign.

Liverpool will now have to soldier on hoping to end their six year trophy drought. It will remain to be seen where they re-invest the money from the transfer deal.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Of the move manager Jurgen Klopp released a statement:

“I can tell the Liverpool supporters that we, as a club, have done everything within our means to convince Philippe that remaining part of LFC was as attractive as moving to Spain, but he is 100 per cent certain his future – and that of his family – belongs at Barcelona. It is his dream and I am now convinced there is nothing left at our disposal to change his mind.

Klopp’s statement is a damning one for club that was once considered a giant of football. It was not that long ago that players sought to join Liverpool for a chance at winning trophies. Now players have frequently left Liverpool for the bigger clubs of Europe, in the last few years players like Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez have all left.

It is no coincidence that while there has been a loss of talent, Liverpool has struggled to remain among the top teams in the English Premier League. Where new money teams like Chelsea and Manchester City have won multiple league titles, Liverpool hasn’t lifted the league title since 1990. So far FSG has not shown they have the resources to get Liverpool back to the top of the league.

Regardless of the past, Klopp and Liverpool will have to move on and continue the work they started this year. But if Liverpool don’t make the right moves, the Coutinho transfer might be the beginning of where their season went down.

Keep it here on The Stoppage Time, powered by Azteca Soccer, for all of your soccer news. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Comments

More Footy You May Also Like

La Liga

Barcelona have won La Liga in manager Ernesto Valverde’s first season in charge after a Lionel Messi-inspired victory over Deportivo La Coruna. Messi scored...

La Liga

Luis Suarez scored two goals as Barcelona produced a masterclass to beat Sevilla and win the Copa del Rey final for the fourth successive...

Champions League

After a great 2017 Mohamed Salah has made 2018 the year of Mo. The striker proved it again in the second leg of the...

La Liga

Barcelona maintained their unbeaten La Liga record this season as they cruised to victory over Athletic Bilbao. The hosts scored after only eight minutes...

Soccer News

You didn’t have to be Brazilian to love Ronaldinho. His elegance on the pitch was hard to ignore, in fact, you could say it was...

La Liga

Lionel Messi scored a late free-kick as Barcelona staged a second-half comeback to defeat Alaves 2-1 in Philippe Coutinho’s full debut at the Nou...

EPL

No Coutinho, no Virgil Van Dijk, no problem! Coming into their game against first place and undefeated Manchester City, Liverpool FC was seeking redemption...

Advertisement