Brazil international Philipe Coutinho ended months of speculations regarding his future after completing a mega money move to Spanish giants, Barcelona.
Coutinho signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with Barca on Monday after completing his £146m move from Liverpool. Liverpool rejected repeated bids from Barcelona in August for Coutinho, but the clubs reached an agreement last weekend, making him one of the most expensive footballers of all time.
Liverpool yesterday trashed Spartak Moscow seven nil to ease to the champions League round of sixteen for the first time since 2008/2009 season. Captain of the night Philipe Coutinho scored a hat trick while Sadio Mane chipped in with a brace.
There were also goals from Mohammed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
Liverpool’s journey through Group E had already shown us the best and worst of them. They scored three in the first half at Sevilla recently but still drew the game.
So Liverpool had to win on Wednesday to top the group and draw to make sure they went through to the next round. So, in theory, it could have been a nervy affair.
Instead it was 90 minutes of gilded Liverpool football, a night Spartak were embarrassed and dismantled by the kind of devastating passing play that is only possible when you are blessed with a certain kind of player.
Elsewhere, Manchester City suffered their first defeat in twenty nine games as they lost 2-1 to Shaktor Donestk while Tottenham finished unbeaten in group stages after beating Apoel Nicosia three nil at Wembley.
Elsewhere Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score in all of his team’s Champions League group matches in a season as the holders beat Borussia Dortmund 3.2 at Santiago Bernabeu.
Liverpool have rejected a £90million bid for Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona.
The Merseyside club are adamant that the Brazilian playmaker will not be sold this summer, despite this third bid that follows Barca’s initial offers of £72m and £80m last month.
Although Coutinho has made Liverpool aware that he is keen to leave, they are fighting to resist the moves from Spain — especially so close to the new season.
Coutinho, 25, is expected to miss Liverpool’s Premier League fixture at Watford on Saturday with a back injury. He missed training again on Wednesday due to the same issue.
He has been receiving treatment since Liverpool returned from a fitness camp in Germany last Thursday.
Barcelona are desperate to sign the midfielder and they will be watching developments, particularly as Liverpool immediately head into a Champions League qualifier against Hoffenheim after Watford. Barcelona do not want him cup tied.
Liverpool’s stance in the face of renewed speculation on Coutinho is that he isn’t for sale, regardless of whether Barcelona raise their offer for the Brazilian to £120m.
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