Coutinho finally opens up on failed Barcelona move

Coutinho finally opens up on failed Barcelona move

Liverpool: Liverpool's Brazilian attacking midfielder Phillipe Countinho on Sunday admitted he was interested when the offer came from FC Barcelona but added he is also proud to play for his current club and will give his best here, reports IANS.

The Brazil worldwide, who reportedly handed in a transfer request at his Merseyside club last month after hearing that the Blaugrana were interested in signing him, has now spoken about the situation that unfolded.

While his desire to join Barca is no secret within Liverpool, there have reportedly been no issues with Coutinho within the squad, and he made his first start of the season in the 1-1 Premier League draw with Burnley on Saturday.

Barcelona aren't the only major giant eyeing off Liverpool ace Sadio Mane. "What happened was a job offer and, in life, sometimes you get interested and sometimes you don't".

"In my case, everyone knows that I got interested, my family too".

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"I've always respected Liverpool, the fans, the players and their board members". But it is also a great honour being here.

"I've always respected the support very much of the groups". I'm focused on working hard and to have a good year if possible.

Jurgen Klopp remains confident that Coutinho can continue to excel in a Liverpool shirt as the club competes in the Champions League following their top-four finish last season.

Barcelona's attempts to sign Coutinho were thwarted, but the flirtation between the player and the Nou Camp is evidently not over.

"We weren't going to give €200m or €150m (£133m) - we made a decision to step away from such an expensive market, our offer was less than €100m (£88m), with add-ons it could have reached €120m (£106m)".


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