Philippe Coutinho has finally opened up on his failed summer transfer to Barcelona after getting the chance to give his side of the story.
The Brazilian pushed hard for a move to the Nou Camp and went as far as handing in a transfer request a day before Liverpool’s Premier League opener against Watford.
His efforts came to no avail though, with the club’s Fenway Sports Group owners standing by their adamance the Brazilian would not be sold for any price.
FSG backed up their stance on three occasions as they rejected bids of £72million, £90million and £118million from the Catalan giants.
“What happened was a job offer and, in life, sometimes you get interested,” Coutinho told ESPN Brazil, as cited by the Daily Mail.
“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.”
“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 shirt, so what I can do is work hard and honour that on the field. It is all cool.”
Though Coutinho came under heavy criticism during the long-running saga, the matter has since been brushed to one side by supporters amid a difficult period for the team.
The playmaker recently made a return to action after missing the first few games of the new season with a niggling back injury.
His comeback couldn’t have arrived at a better time either, with Sadio Mane currently serving a three game suspension following his red card against Manchester City.
Any anger towards Coutinho didn’t stem from his, understandable, wish to play for one of Europe’s elite clubs, but instead the manner in which he went about trying to force the move.
It seems the No.10 has already turned his focus back towards Liverpool and, as far as Jurgen Klopp will be concerned, that’s all that matters.