Graeme Souness, the former Liverpool player, explained that selling Philippe Coutinho to FC Barcelona in 2018 was the best transfer business that Liverpool has ever done.
“When you say what’s the most important signing, I think you can look back to when Liverpool went from a good team to a great team. They sold Coutinho and got £160 million or whatever it was, they got Alisson and they got Van Dijk and still had change left over. That’s got to be the best business this club has ever done.”, told Souness.
Once coach Jürgen Klopp saw that Coutinho was dreaming to play at Camp Nou, he immediately let the player go. With the funds acquired from the Brazilian’s sale, Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson were bought, which are undoubtedly the biggest stars in Liverpool’s recent success – first winning the Champions League, and now the Premier League miles ahead of rival clubs.
“If you’re recruiting well, you’re getting leaders, you’re getting players who are talented, you get the right players in your club. That self-perpetuates itself to the marvelous team we have here. I seem to finish every sentence with ‘this team isn’t going anywhere, this team won’t be beaten for a while'”, added the former Liverpool player.
Coutinho is currently on loan at Bayern Münich and will return to Barcelona after his Champions League campaign with the German club. The Catalan club is now looking for a new club to acquire the necessary funding to sign their priority transfer target Lautaro Martinez.
Barcelona legend says Messi is essential for the young Barcelona generation
Following what will forever remain an unforgettable might for the youngster, Ilaix Moriba scored his first goal for Barcelona. It was a sensational strike, as the young Spanish midfielder faked a shot one way, only for him to cooly dispatch it the other way.
Yesterday night, Barça legend Luis Suárez Miramontes had this to say both in regards to the club’s youth, as well as club veteran Lionel Messi: “For this group of young people it is essential that there is someone like Messi with personality and charisma so that they grow as they should. That is why it is necessary to maintain it.“ (via Carrusel)
Per earlier reports, the Barça captain has stayed true to this. He reportedly takes “special care” of Ilaix Moriba in particular so that the 18-year old doesn’t “deviate from the path of becoming an important player in the team.” This is one of Barcelona’s most talented squads in recent memory, full to the brim and overflowing with youth and exuberance, with all these players looking up to the Argentine.
The 85-year old is a Barcelona legend having played in Barça’s iconic colours from 1955 to 1961. He is widely regarded as one of Spain’s next footballers of all time, and a testament to this is the fact that he is still the only player from the country to ever win a Ballon D’or.
He has been heavily critical of the squad at times this season, owing to the fact that “they [Barca players] make the worst individual and team mistakes.” At least this time he has something to smile about.