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Ex-Liverpool stars hail 'astonishing money' from Coutinho sale

Ex-Liverpool stars hail 'astonishing money' from Coutinho sale
From ESPN - January 6, 2018

Former Liverpool stars felt their old club had done decent business in netting 142 million for Barcelona-bound Philippe Coutinho.

A deal was agreed on Saturday for the Brazilian, who had made clear his desire to move to the Camp Nou in July when the Reds turned down a 118 million bid from Barca.

The fee is a British record and makes Coutinho the second most expensive footballer in history after his compatriot Neymar.

Former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson questioned the logic behind making the move midseason, given Coutinho will be ineligible for Barca in the Champions League, but still welcomed the windfall.

"It's hard to get my head around what Philippe is going to gain because he ca not play Champions League football for them, they are running away with the league, and he's got the World Cup at the end of the season," Thompson said on Sky Sports.

"Will he play regularly every week at Barcelona? I am not too sure. Philippe could have carried on (at Liverpool). He could have been playing in the Champions League.

"It's a great opportunity for him to play every week, to play at the highest level with Liverpool. So I do scratch my head wondering.

"But it's a fantastic deal. The money is quite astonishing money, which will be more than welcomed."

Ex-Reds striker Stan Collymore said Luis Suarez's move to Barca three-and-a-half years ago was much more of a loss to Liverpool, given their other attacking options in the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

He said on Twitter: "Naive that anyone thought Coutinho would not go in January. 'Get your head down and if we get the right dough in Jan, you can go'. Greatfor a player many Reds would have driven to Barca for 60m a year ago. A tenth of the loss of Suarez.

"LFC attacking options are way more robust than when Suarez left, so add that fact to the contribution of Coutinho and Suarez to the team and there surely ca not be any argument as to which loss is bigger and by how much? Suarez was irreplaceable!! Reds have Mane and Salah now!"

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