“This kid who’s come from South America has always had a dream of playing for Barcelona, and he’s panicking thinking that if he doesn’t do it now it’ll never happen again”. Steven Gerrard sees Philippe Coutinho’s point, what made him submit a transfer request, but still, the Liverpool legend cannot accept that a player who signed a new long-term contract just last January can simply walk away from the club.
I do have a little bit of sympathy. Of course. I know the kid, I know he’s not a bad person, I know he doesn’t want to cause a war to come out. But at the end of the day he’s just signed a five-year deal, the club have been superb to him and made him the player he is. You remember he was struggling at Inter Milan. We gave him the chance, we built this player up. The least he can do is give the club another year
the former captain of the Reds told BT, before talking about how different Coutinho’s case is to that of Luis Suarez, who ended up not leaving Liverpool for Arsenal, but for Barcelona, a year later.
I think the difference here is Coutinho in January has just signed a five-year deal, become the highest-paid player at the club, he comes out and says he’s really, really happy and then the first time Barcelona come he puts in a transfer request. I think the fans are frustrated and you can understand it
Gerrard said. Does he expect the Brazilian to stay at Anfield after all?
Stays. For me, he stays
the Liverpool legend believes.