Sport Man City lucky Coutinho has gone, Wijnaldum claims

12:00  14 january  2018
12:00  14 january  2018 Source:   Goal.com

Liverpool to offer £50 voucher to fans with 'Coutinho 10' shirts

  Liverpool to offer £50 voucher to fans with 'Coutinho 10' shirts Any fan who bought this season's shirt from the club with the Brazilian name and number on can claim a £50 voucher following his move to BarcelonaLiverpool have announced they will compensate supporters who bought a 2017-18 replica shirt with Philippe Coutinho's name and number printed on the back, after a deal was agreed for the Brazilian to join Barcelona.

“To be fair it is still strange, I think we still have to realise he has gone ,” Wijnaldum said. Wijnaldum believes City , and other Premier League clubs, are fortunate they will not have to face a Liverpool team with Coutinho in their ranks. “They are lucky , yes,” added Netherlands international Wijnaldum .

Wijnaldum believes City , and other Premier League clubs, are fortunate they will not have to face a Liverpool team with Coutinho in their ranks. “They are lucky , yes,” added Netherlands international Wijnaldum . “It’s not that I think I now have to go on and think I am the best man and number one.”

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Georginio Wijnaldum feels Manchester City and Liverpool's other Premier League rivals are fortunate Philippe Coutinho has been sold to Barcelona.

The Brazil international moved to Camp Nou this month for a fee that could reportedly rise to £142 million.

Former Inter playmaker Coutinho had been a key figure for the Reds, who must now face the challenge of hosting runaway Premier League leaders City at Anfield on Sunday without the departed star.

"They are lucky, yes," Wijnaldum said of Pep Guardiola's side.

"I think every top team is probably happy he left for another team in another country."

Liverpool wanted Coutinho on loan

  Liverpool wanted Coutinho on loan Liverpool wanted to sign Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona until the end of the season. According to The Mirror, Liverpool attempted to negotiate a loan move for Coutinho as part of his record move. Coutinho completed his medical on Monday morning after it was announced over the weekend that the two clubs reached an agreement over the move. The Brazilian is now set to officially complete his £142m transfer to Barcelona this week, smashing the British transfer record. It also smashes Barcelona’s transfer record, after they paid roughly £128m for Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund last summer. Coutinho has signed a five-and-a-half year contract with Barcelona, with the Spanish side including a £345m buy-out clause in his contract. The report claims that Liverpool were hoping to keep Coutinho until the end of the season, but he was set on his dream move to the La Liga leaders. Coutinho could make his debut for Barcelona in the coming weeks.

“To be fair it is still strange, I think we still have to realise he has gone ”. Georginio Wijnaldum . “They are lucky , yes,” he said. Related Articles. Man City boss Pep Guardiola makes big Philippe Coutinho claim ahead of Liverpool clash.

Wijnaldum admits Liverpool will miss Coutinho but argues any team would. “He wanted to go to his dream club and as players we are all happy for him because he is such a good guy. Wijnaldum believes City were lucky when beating Liverpool 5-0 at the Etihad in September because they were

According to Wijnaldum, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is trying to take a relaxed approach in his attempts to compensate for the absence of Coutinho.

"He [Klopp] is not saying you have to step up now or do this or that, he just wants us to enjoy the game and try to do our best," the Dutch midfielder said.

"The manager is not the kind of manager who will put that kind of pressure on players.

"The only pressure the manager puts on us is that we have to give 100 per cent and try to use the quality we have. It's not that I think I now have to go on and think I am the best man and number one."

And it is not just on the field where the loss of Coutinho will be keenly felt, Wijnaldum speaking highly of the 25-year-old's character and popularity.

"To be fair it is still strange, I think we still have to realise he has gone," he said. "A quality player like Phil, every team will miss a player like that if they leave.

"He was a really nice guy to work with, that is why we are happy for him that he can make the move, but also sad that he didn't stay because with Phil in the team, you are a better team of course.

"He was one of the best players we had in the team but as a person he was maybe even the best.

"He was not like, 'I am the best' or arrogant or something like that. Phil was always a person who listened to the team, who listened to the coaching."

Klopp in no rush to replace Coutinho .
Liverpool are searching for a Philippe Coutinho replacement, but manager Jurgen Klopp is in no rush.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hinted the Premier League club may not replace Philippe Coutinho during the January transfer window.

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