The Departure

Not since the days of the Beatles breaking up has there been such hysteria on Merseyside, well the red half anyway. Philippe Coutinho the 25-year-old from Rio De Janerio, Brazil signed from Inter Milan for £8.5 million has become the second highest transfer in history at a mere £142 million to Barcelona FC. Well good luck with that I suppose and nice knowing you. The phrase ‘Filho da Puta’ is most definitely trending now if it already wasn’t after the Firmino and Holgate scuffle.

But ladies and gentlemen before we burn our No. 10 Coutinho Jerseys lets take a quick glance at what he has done at Liverpool FC. He has entertained us and it will be a while before we forget his spectacular goals and that outrageous free kick against Brighton in the 87th minute last December. Having played 201 games with 54 goals scores he is one of the most successful Brazilian to play in the English game. A long way from when a player named Mirandinha in 1987 became the first Brazilian to play in the English league signing for Newcastle for £575,000. Coutinho has played his part to getting the club into the top four with a strong chance of a Champions League spot. In February 2015, Coutinho signed a new long-term deal, keeping him with the club until 2020. But we all know contracts are not worth the paper they’re written on and come littered with clauses and the Agent is God and holds the power of a player; no longer does the club he’s contracted to. Quite simply Barcelona as the serpent offered an apple to Coutinho and he took the bite of temptation of greed and thus is cast out of the garden of Anfield. Great players come and go it is unfortunately the way of the game today player loyalty is zero and as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street said, “Greed is Good”. So cry little boys and girls for your hero has flown but we have another hero in Van Dijk and plenty more will follow. Klopp is a man on a mission, ‘The Holy Grail’ and knows only the loyal and the players with desire and pride of the Liverpool crest and filled with the knowledge of the history of the club, it’s glory and its sadness will remain and will be rewarded in time with glory. How you can stand on the hollowed surface of the Anfield turf and not be inspired by the noise of “You’ll never Walk Alone sung with fervour by 54,000 fans I’ll never know. Sadly it wasn’t enough for Coutinho and in hast of following the money has ditched the chance of legendary status and Champions League glory with Liverpool.

Yes, you may go with my blessing but many behind me will fill your ears with curses and perhaps rightly so if you couldn’t wait till the Summer to end your love affair with the club then you were never the one for us and the team morale would have been disrupted with an ongoing Barcelona saga: not good. Loyalty is king on Merseyside and to Klopp. To quote a bestselling writer, “I belong to the people I love, and they belong to me, the love and loyalty I give them, form my identity far more.” The players who are playing week in week out and never complain when dropped are the band of brothers that will deliver that ‘Holy Grail’.

Social Media Reaction

The Social media storm will quickly die away. It wasn’t as if his departure came out of the blue. Focus must quickly turn to whom will replace Coutinho we need a midfield general one who will control the center of the park. Time for Jurgen Klopp to become the pied piper and lure in those players. We have a date with destiny, are you in? If you come you’ll never walk alone.

Robin McNamara

Former journalist Insight Magazine Dublin & published poet. Currently work at Cartamundi Ireland. Liverpool fan since I was 10. Slowly embracing blogging or whatever this is.⚽️👍🏼✨

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