Philippe Coutinho pens heartfelt goodbye letter to Liverpool FC fans
Philippe Coutinho sends a heartfelt message to Liverpool FC fans after his big-money transfer to Barcelona went through
Philippe Coutinho has taken to social media to thank Liverpool FC fans for their support after he completed his big-money transfer to Barcelona on Monday.
The 25-year-old was finally unveiled as a Barcelona player on Monday after having been relentlessly linked with a move to Camp Nou over the last few months.
Coutinho was thought to be close to a move to Barcelona in the summer months but the switch never materialised as Liverpool FC decided to keep hold of their attacker.
However, Barcelona returned with another firm offer to try and sign Coutinho this month and managed to push through a deal on Monday for a fee believed to be worth as much as £142m.
Coutinho spent five years on Merseyside after having signed for the Reds from Inter Milan back in January 2013.
And the Brazil international had a heartfelt message for Liverpool FC fans as he posted the picture above on his personal Instagram account and explained the reasons for his move to Barcelona.
Coutinho wrote: “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.
Liverpool FC, who are currently fourth, will now prepare for life without Coutinho and their crunch home clash against Manchester City in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.