Liverpool managed to cling on to Philippe Coutinho in the summer amid interest from Barcelona.
The Brazilian attacker vowed to ‘give his maximum’ to Liverpool today having missed out on the move – but make no mistake, Coutinho was desperate to sign for Barcelona this summer.
The 25-year-old handed in a transfer request to try and force through a transfer and asked about player power and loyalty by German magazine Foot, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski shed some light on why Coutinho wanted the move so much.
He said: “We must stop imposing the professional football player with those emotions. Loyalty is a beautiful word, a romantic idea and an important value in private life, but in high level sport, other parameters come into play: success and money.
“Those two factors decide a transfer, nothing else. In the space of a few years, who has the power has hugely changed, in the player’s favour. The footballer who really wants to move clubs tends to achieve his goal”.
Interesting. Coutinho may get his ‘goal’ further down the line – but for this summer, Liverpool claimed a huge victory in making him stay put.