It’s safe to say Philippe Coutinho’s inevitable departure to Barcelona was always going to sting, even if it was for £142 million.
Liverpool have been here before. After they sold Luis Suarez for £75 million to the Catalan giants three-and-a-half years earlier, they embarked on spending spree in excess of £100 million that didn’t quite put them where they need to be.
However, slowly under Jurgen Klopp, the Reds have begun to rise again and a big part of their ascension back into the title picture was thanks to Coutinho.
When Barcelona came calling last summer, though, it was only a matter of time before the Brazilian playmaker would submit to his desires to line-up at the Nou Camp.
The problem for many Liverpool fans – legendary defender Jamie Carragher included – was when he left.
During the middle of the season when Liverpool are locked in a battle for the top four and in the knockout stages of the Champions League, Coutinho has made his move and can’t even play for Barca in Europe.
it surely would have made sense to wait until the end of the season, but the Blaugrana and Coutinho were determined to get their way.
Although Carragher has heaped praise on Coutinho countless times to reference, he seemed to have a change of tune speaking on Sky Sports reflecting on the January transfer window.
“I don’t agree with losing him in the middle of the season,” Carragher said on Sky Sports.
“At that time, Liverpool were alive in the FA Cup and are still in the Champions League. Liverpool fans, including myself, felt good when Coutinho stayed in the summer, although we knew he was going to go to the end of the season.
When it was put to Carragher that perhaps both the club and the player couldn’t turn down that sort of money, he replied: ”Coutinho isn’t so good,” he continued.
“And he’s not worth 140 million euros. I would’ve preferred him to earn a little less money, make sure the club had him in this part of the season, and then let him go in the summer.”
It sounds as if Carragher is a little bitter above all else here, especially given the plaudits he has showered the playmaker in before.
Liverpool fans weren’t crazy about what he said either:
@Carra23 Best finisher in the team, scored most long shots in the league, best game changer, best set piece taker, most creative, ghosts past players like no one else, most comfortable receiving the ball in tight situations, most intelligent ……worth every penny.
— mmm (@roscoe_2000) February 1, 2018
People will only see how crucial he was to us when we can’t break teams down for this second part of the season.
— webuyURhouseUK (@webuyURhouseUK) February 1, 2018
If we got overpaid for Phil, why didn’t we just chuck that money at Leipzig to get Naby?? Looks like penny pinching to me
— Anish Uppal (@anishuppal79) February 2, 2018
Carra rates Coutinho as "not that good" but he also thinks he could've been the difference between a Champions League and FA Cup than neither
— Shane Mulrooney (@ShaneMulrooney) February 2, 2018
When does carragher ever have something decent to say about his former employers!? At least Neville can be unbiased but support his former club. Carragher is annoying now.
— John N Simpson (@johnsimmo11) February 2, 2018
The fact that the 25-year-old had a less-than-stellar full debut against Alaves seems to support Carragher’s claims.
Given the market today, Coutinho probably is worth that fee, as ludicrous as that might sound to some people. Do you believe Coutinho is worth the money?