The Brazilian has completed his move from Anfield to the Nou Camp for an astonishing £146 million, making him the second-most expensive player of all-time, behind his good pal Neymar at PSG.
But, for a while at least, Coutinho’s big move looked in doubt after Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool steadfastly refused several offers from Barcelona last summer – leaving the 25-year-old contemplating his future in England.
He refused to sulk, and played excellently for the Reds in the first-half of the current campaign, having scored 12 goals in all competitions so far – some of which, were absolute crackers.
As he was presented to the media today, Coutinho referred to the Liverpool hierarchy as “men of their words” – hinting that he was promised this move would definitely take place at some point:
Is this a new, modern way of handling superstar footballers? Simply promise them big moves to keep them for six or twelve months longer?
What do you make of his comments?