Coutinho? If Liverpool won't — Barcelona president Bartomeu

Lynette Rowe
September 18, 2017

Liverpool are set for another battle to keep hold of their star players as the European elite of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus have started circling for pacey winger Sadio Mane.

Liverpool spent most of the summer fending off Barcelona's interest in Brazilian global Coutinho, rejecting a host of bids to keep the playmaker at Anfield despite his desire to make the move to Catalunya.

Liverpool refused to consider selling the 25-year-old even when Barcelona's third offer increased to a deal worth £119 million (€135 million) and, speaking to ESPN Brazil after Saturday's game, Coutinho discussed "a complicated month" for the first time.

Arguably one of Liverpool's strongest attack-minded forces, the loss of Coutinho would have no doubt left a void in Klopp's side.

"Like I said, in every job you get an offer, you get interested or not".

"It's an honour to receive an offer like that, but it's also an honour to be here (at Liverpool)".

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"I'm in a place that I've always been respected by everyone and I've respected everyone too, through this four, five years I've never had any problems with anybody here", he said. I've always respected the support very much of the groups.

When asked whether a later date was agreed for a move to Nou Camp, Coutinho replied: "No, nothing that I know of".

"But it's also a great honour being here, Liverpool is great club worldwide".

Coutinho said that he was now focused on performing for Liverpool and Brazil national team but admitted that the transfer saga was a hard moment for him.

"Now that i'm here, I'll give my best as always", Coutinho remarked after his team's 1-1 draw against Burnley. That has not changed. "It is all in the past".

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