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Philippe Coutinho Explains Controversial Celebration

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Philippe Coutinho has faced a lot of heat as of late for his controversial goal celebration in the UEFA Champions League in Barcelona's 3-0 thrashing of Manchester United, with the playmaker putting his fingers in his ears as a clear message to his doubters and critics.

The Brazilian star has mightily struggled to be at his best ever since completing quite an expensive move from Liverpool to Barcelona, constantly falling in an out of Ernesto Valverde's starting XI.

He's failed to prove his worth when given the chance to actually play, and he hasn't been in the pitch for the full 90 minutes since early January.

Still, he looked vastly motivated when he faced Manchester United in the second leg of the quarterfinals, scoring a stunning strike past David De Gea and letting his doubters know that he's not listening to all the things they're saying. However, with all of the harsh comments he faced for his celebration, he had to clarify what was going through his mind at the time.

"We should never listen to people who will de-motivate us because their speeches only deviate us from the real focus we should take. Never in my life (have) I disrespected anyone, inside or out of football," Coutinho claimed on his Instagram Stories.

Coutinho has been closely tied with a potential move out of the team in the summer, with Manchester United reportedly interested in the struggling playmaker, who knows that needs to have more playing time if he doesn't want to lose his spot on Brazil's starting XI ahead of this upcoming Copa America.

Moreover, Coutinho may be more motivated than usual when Barcelona faces his former club Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League's semifinals, with Liverpool supporters likely to give him a hostile welcome after he forced a move out of Anfield by faking injuries.