The Brazilian attacker was targeted by the Catalan giants after they sold his compatriot Neymar to PSG for a world record fee of almost £200 million.
But despite Coutinho being more than keen to head to Catalonia, Liverpool steadfastly refused to sell, even with Barcelona reportedly offering a whopping £135 million.
Coutinho made his first start for the Reds since the drama unfolded yesterday against Burnley and speaking to ESPN Brazil, via Sky Sports, he said: “It was a complicated month for me but as I have said, it is an honour to receive that offer but it is also an honour to wear this [Liverpool] shirt, so what I can do is work hard and honour that on the field. It is all cool.
“What happened was a job offer and, in life, sometimes you get interested.
“Sometimes you don’t and, in my case, everyone knows that I got interested, my family too.
“But as I have always said, it is a great offer to receive an offer from such a great club like that. But it is also a great honour being here. Liverpool is a great club worldwide.
“I’m here and I will give my best as always. I’m working hard, my thoughts are on the team’s goals, making a good season.”
Coutinho signed a five-year contract at Anfield only in January, in a deal thought to make him the club’s highest-paid player, and he was given a warm reception by Liverpool supporters yesterday afternoon.
But what do you make of his comments today? Is it OK for him to admit he wanted to leave the club?