After Liverpool refused Philippe Coutinho’s dream move to Barcelona this summer, there was a fear whether the Brazilian would want to play for the Merseysiders ever again.
Reports suggested that Coutinho was devastated after his transfer request wasn’t listened to and the fact that he was kept at the club against his will.
And after the midfielder complained of a back injury earlier in the campaign, it was always going to be interesting to see how quickly he settled after the transfer window slammed shut and he was still a Liverpool player.
The reception he received from the Anfield crowd when he came on for his first appearance of the season against Sevilla in the Champions League certainly helped with the Liverpool fans giving him a warm welcome.
And his terrific free-kick on Saturday evening - and his overall performance - during Liverpool’s 3-2 victory over Leicester meant everyone has now forgotten about this summer’s saga.
Everyone but Coutinho himself, it seems.
That’s because he has just reiterated his desire to join Barcelona.
That’s according to Spanish outlet, Sport, who claim that he has once again expressed his desire to join the Catalan club after talks between his representatives and Fenway Sports Group.
What’s more, Liverpool have caved in.
The report claims that they have opened the door to Coutinho’s request - and may even sanction a deal in January.
The newspaper have featured this Coutinho story on their front page on Monday morning with Barca set to make a decision on the player in the coming weeks.
And despite already playing in the Champions League meaning he will be cup-tied in that competition for Barcelona if he moved clubs, that hasn’t put off the Catalan club from signing Coutinho in the winter transfer window.
But, for now, Coutinho will no doubt continue to produce world-class performances for Liverpool - just like he did against Leicester.
The attitude towards Coutinho
And Jurgen Klopp believes the Liverpool fans deserve a lot of credit for the way they welcomed back their star man.
“It says a lot about the relationship between our supporters and Phil," said Klopp his Leicester display.
“When he came on for 15-20 minutes nobody knew how Anfield would react. Anfield pushed and there that’s what I really love in football.
“Maybe we don’t always agree in each moment like people are, but when we have a short minute to think then we remember we are family.
“That’s how they react and I really loved it. That helped Phil a lot so he can play football, concentrate on football and he can perform.”
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