Philippe Coutinho Pens Emotional Message After Move To Barcelona
Philippe Coutinho has penned an emotional goodbye message after his £142 million move to Barcelona was confirmed.
The 25-year old was officially unveiled as a Barcelona player yesterday and he took to Instagram to produce a lengthy post regarding his departure from Liverpool.
After joining from Inter in 2013, Coutinho scored 54 goals in 201 appearances for Liverpool and grew to become a world-class player at Anfield.
In the message, Coutinho says that it was a "dream" to pull on the red shirt and he now realises another dream in playing for Barcelona.
He also thanked everyone associated with Liverpool - from Jurgen Klopp, his teammates, all the staff and the fans, who he had a special mention for.
Moreover, the Brazilian wishes his old employers well for the future and says the "amazing" team are getting "better and better".
Since the moment I arrived in Liverpool , me and my family have been made to feel so welcome and have made so many friends. On the pitch and off the pitch, we have experienced the beauty of this club and its fans. In turn, I hope I have delivered memories and moments that have brought happiness to the Liverpool supporters. Moving to Liverpool, I knew the club's greatness and history but what I did learn during my time was the unique heart and soul of the place. It has its own personality and character. I leave Liverpool because Barcelona is a dream for me. Liverpool was a dream that I was fortunate enough to realise and I have given five years of my life to it. A career on the pitch only lasts for so long and to play for Barcelona as well as Liverpool is something I want to experience and enjoy while I am blessed enough to be able to do so. I hope the supporters understand that choosing to experience something new is not about diminishing their importance to me or the club's importance. Nothing will ever diminish that in my heart. I wish Jürgen and the team nothing but joy and success for the rest of this season and beyond. This is an amazing team and they are getting better and better all the time. There are too many people I want to thank, but I cannot name everyone individually. To all the amazing club staff who have been part of my life in Liverpool - I will miss you. To the owners, whom have tried so hard to bring success, and to the football recruitment staff for showing faith in me to bring me here and rewarding me during that journey, and to my incredible teammates, past and present, who have helped me grow and improve as a player and a person, I would like to say thank you to you all. Anything I have achieved here would not have been possible without you. And finally, to the most important people of Liverpool - the Liverpool supporters. I can never thank you enough for what you have given me during this time and no matter where I go in the world, for the rest of my life, I will always cherish Liverpool in my heart. You, the club and the city will always be a part of me. You'll Never Walk Alone. Philippe.
Liverpool fans have largely been bitter about Coutinho's departure but plenty will have shed a tear reading that - even if Coutinho probably didn't write it himself.
Might have to have a little cry over Coutinho's farewell Insta post- ChrisParsonage (@ChrisParsonage_) January 8, 2018
Just wanna cry at Coutinho's Insta post :sob::sob::sob::sob:- (@ChlooWilliams_) January 8, 2018
Reds legend Steven Gerrard paid tribute to Coutinho for his five years of service to Liverpool and wished him the best for the next stage of his career:
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