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.
Coutinho and Pjanic speak post Barça 1-0 Elche
Barça midfielders Philippe Coutinho and new signing Miralem Pjanic spoke to the media after Barça’s narrow 1-0 triumph over Elche at the Camp Nou.
“Being back here feels great. I missed playing here, and I’m very excited to continue.” Coutinho told the media. “We’re trying our best to adapt to the coach’s new system. The level of the team is increasing; I hope things go well.”
After having featured in all three pre-season games for Barça, Coutinho is looking forward to the upcoming La Liga season. “I am eager to help the team win. There is one week left till La Liga starts and we are all focused and excited to begin.”
“I feel very happy that I made my debut. It was great.” Pjanic said after the game. “The team are working hard to prepare for the upcoming matches.”
Miralem Pjanic and Philippe Coutinho are both essentially new additions to the Barça squad since Pjanic just joined from Juventus and Coutinho returned back from his loan spell at Bayern – where he won the treble in a remarkable fashion. Things are looking bright for Coutinho, who has featured in all of Barça’s three pre-season games. Culés around the world are expecting big things from the two after having lost Brazilian youngster Arthur to Juventus this summer.