By 90Min
January 09, 2018

Barcelona new boy Philippe Coutinho has claimed that he left Liverpool for the Catalan giants because it was his dream move. The Brazilian signed for Barça on Monday, after completing a long-awaited switch away from Jürgen Klopp's side in a deal worth around £142m.

Posting on his official Instagram account, the 25-year-old wrote a heartfelt message to Liverpool fans, reflecting on his time at the club, explaining his decision to leave and thanking the Anfield faithful for their support. Coutinho said:

"Once the moment I arrived in Liverpool, me and my family have been made to feel so welcome and have made so many friends...in turn, I hope I have delivered memories and moments that have brought happiness to the Liverpool supporters.

Since the moment I arrived in Liverpool , me and my family have been made to feel so welcome and have made so many friends. On the pitch and off the pitch, we have experienced the beauty of this club and its fans. In turn, I hope I have delivered memories and moments that have brought happiness to the Liverpool supporters. Moving to Liverpool, I knew the club’s greatness and history but what I did learn during my time was the unique heart and soul of the place. It has its own personality and character. I leave Liverpool because Barcelona is a dream for me. Liverpool was a dream that I was fortunate enough to realise and I have given five years of my life to it. A career on the pitch only lasts for so long and to play for Barcelona as well as Liverpool is something I want to experience and enjoy while I am blessed enough to be able to do so. I hope the supporters understand that choosing to experience something new is not about diminishing their importance to me or the club’s importance. Nothing will ever diminish that in my heart. I wish Jürgen and the team nothing but joy and success for the rest of this season and beyond. This is an amazing team and they are getting better and better all the time. There are too many people I want to thank, but I cannot name everyone individually. To all the amazing club staff who have been part of my life in Liverpool - I will miss you. To the owners, whom have tried so hard to bring success, and to the football recruitment staff for showing faith in me to bring me here and rewarding me during that journey, and to my incredible teammates, past and present, who have helped me grow and improve as a player and a person, I would like to say thank you to you all. Anything I have achieved here would not have been possible without you. And finally, to the most important people of Liverpool - the Liverpool supporters. I can never thank you enough for what you have given me during this time and no matter where I go in the world, for the rest of my life, I will always cherish Liverpool in my heart. You, the club and the city will always be a part of me. You’ll Never Walk Alone. Philippe.

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"I leave Liverpool because Barcelona is a dream for me. Liverpool was a dream that I was fortunate enough to realise and I have given five years of my life to it. A career on the pitch only lasts for so long and to play for Barcelona as well as Liverpool is something I want to experience and enjoy while I am blessed enough to be able to do so.


"I hope the supporters understand that choosing to experience something new is not about diminishing their importance to me or the club’s importance. Nothing will ever diminish that in my heart."

Coutinho played 202 times for Liverpool during his six seasons with the club - scoring 54 goals. Joining the Reds for just £8.5m, the midfield maestro blossomed into a formidable number ten - tearing apart the Premier League with his rapid dribbling and powerful finishing. Coutinho is not expected to make his Barça debut until February, as he is recovering from a thigh injury.

In other news, Liverpool have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of Monaco ace Thomas Lemar, as his manager Leonardo Jardim has admitted that the 22-year-old may leave the club before the January transfer window closes. The Reds will be eager to reinvest the funds acquired from the Coutinho sale, with a direct replacement top of Klopp's wishlist.

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