After one of the most dragged out transfer sagas in recent history, Brazilian maestro Philippe Coutinho has finally made his move to Catalan super club Barcelona. The deal is reported to be worth £142m, meaning that the versatile midfielder is the third most expensive player in history.
Unfortunately, according to the Express, Coutinho could be set to miss Barcelona’s next two games due to a thigh injury. He also missed Liverpool’s last two games due to the injury, which many believed simply to be a case of ‘Trasferitis’.
Coutinho played over 200 games in all competitions for the Merseyside club, scoring 54 times, 41 of which came in the Premier League. The Brazilian international made the PFA Premier League Team of the Year for the 2014/15 season, and has spent five and a half seasons establishing himself as one of the top players in the English top flight.
Barcelona meanwhile currently lead La Liga by six points over Atletico Madrid, and have a remarkable 14 point advantage over eternal rivals Real Madrid. The addition of Coutinho to their already stacked squad will make the Blaugrana an even more frightening team.
Liverpool have reached the heights of fourth spot at the halfway point in the season, but losing their star Brazilian midfielder will surely have an impact on their form.