“Nothing will persuade me selling Coutinho now makes sense.”
Jamie Carragher can’t understand why Liverpool chose to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona this month, rather than wait until the end of the season, and has claimed that “big clubs don’t sell in January.”
Coutinho joined the Catalan club last week in a transfer worth £142m, the second-most expensive in the history of football. Liverpool fought extremely hard to keep him last summer, rejecting three bids for the player, who made it known that he wanted to join Barcelona. However, once the summer transfer window closed, Coutinho returned to action and was in excellent form for Liverpool, scoring 12 goals, and registering eight assists, in 19 appearances between September and December.
The Brazilian was still desperate to join Barcelona, but Liverpool had several factors in their favour if they tried to retain him. Coutinho had four years left on his contract at Anfield, he was cup-tied for Barcelona’s European games and they didn’t need him to win the league, as they’re nine points clear at the top of the table.
Barcelona would still be interested in the summer, and Liverpool could argue that he needed to stay for the rest of the season, and help them in the league and the Champions League. However, Liverpool accepted the very generous offer, and Coutinho is now a Barcelona player, but Carragher can’t comprehend why his old club let the player go now.
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