PHILIPPE COUTINHO insists he will give his all for Liverpool this season after being denied a transfer to Barcelona.
Coutinho made his first start of the season for Liverpool yesterday but was unable to help the team beat Burnley at Anfield.
The Brazilian was a frustrated figure as the Reds were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw thanks to an excellent performance in goal from Nick Pope.
Coutinho’s appearance came after a summer of speculation surrounding his future.
Barcelona had three bids rejected by Liverpool and the 25-year-old even submitted a transfer request, but that was swiftly turned down by the club.
He then missed the start of the season with a back problem and illness but has been welcomed back by manager Jurgen Klopp and his team-mates.
And Coutinho has finally broken his silence about the failed Barcelona move, saying he wanted to join the Catalans but will now focus on Liverpool.
“What happened was a job offer and, in life, sometimes you get interested, sometimes you don’t, and in my case, as everybody knows, I got interested, my family too,” Coutinho told ESPN Brazil.
“But as I’ve always said, it’s a great honour to receive an offer from such a great club like that, but it’s also a great honour being here, Liverpool is great club worldwide.
“Now I’m here and I’ll give my best, as always.”