Philippe Coutinho was never able to live up to the expectations at Camp Nou after completing a huge €160 million (£147m/$178m) move from Liverpool, but it looks like his nightmare is finally coming to an end.
Now that the Brazilian refused to make a move back to the English Premier League, Bayern Munchen landed him on a loan with a €120 million (£110m/$133m) buy clause at the end of his one-year deal.
However, it looks like Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool wanted to lure him back to Anfield before the transfer deadline day, but money was an issue for the Reds, according to the German boss.
Liverpool made the most of the money they got for the Brazilian by signing top-rated defensive duo of Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk, two of the main stars on their UCL Championship run.
Moreover, Klopp admitted that he wasn’t looking forward to letting him go in the first place, but Barcelona’s offer was just too good to reject.
“We were reluctant to hand him over, but Barcelona forced us with money, sort of speak. The move makes sense for both sides. He’s a super player and a great boy. He is a world-class footballer who can change games in the right environment,” he added.
Coutinho was Liverpool’s difference-maker throughout Klopp’s first season with the team but he had lost some ground towards the end of the first half of the 2017-18 campaign.
Unfortunately for him, he wasn’t able to live up to the hype and establish himself for Ernesto Valverde’s team, while Liverpool went on to make it to back-to-back UEFA Champions League finals, winning this year’s edition vs. Tottenham.
He was linked with a move to Tottenham, Manchester United, and Arsenal in the summer, but he was reluctant to play for any other English team out of respect for his past with the Reds.