Philippe Coutinho

Gini Wijnaldum understood Philippe Coutinho’s desire to leave

Gini Wijnaldum has admitted that the Liverpool players understood why Philippe Coutinho wanted to leave Liverpool last summer.

Philippe Coutinho was angling for a move over the summer to Barcelona.

In the end, the move fell apart with Liverpool and Barcelona failing to agree on a fee.

Summer saga

Barcelona are said to have made several bids for the Brazilian over the course of the summer.

Thier final offer was believed to be £118m.

The 25-year-old handed in a transfer request to force through a move to the Catalan giants.

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Barcelona hoped to sign Coutinho as a replacement for Neymar.

In the end, the deal broke down, with Liverpool standing firm over their ‘not for sale’ stance.

“It was difficult”

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Gini Wijnaldum that it was a difficult time for the players.

They were unsure as to whether their talisman would stay or not but understood why he wanted to join Barcelona.

Wijnaldum said:

“It was difficult

Phil is a really good person and we understood why he wanted to make the move.

He’s someone who has always given everything for Liverpool. He has done a great job fighting for Liverpool.

On one side we would have been happy for him if he could have gone as he really wanted to make the move, but on the other side as team-mates you want him to stay because you know with Phil because we’ll be better.

There were two thoughts in your head. You can see it from both sides. Someone was going to be disappointed at the end of the transfer window and it was Phil.”

Wijnaldum stated his delighted that Coutinho remained a Liverpool player and emphasised his importance to the team:

He’s an important player who can win games for us and make the team better.

It was normal that the club tried so hard to keep him.

“You never know what will happen in the future. But Phil is a good person and no matter how long he’s here, I know he will always give everything for Liverpool. We’re so happy that he stayed.”